Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy

Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy : Volume XXI (2005)

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With one exception, this volume contains papers and commentaries originally presented to the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy during the 2004-5 academic year. Of the seven colloquia that make up this volume, two deal with Plato while the rest are dedicated to Aristotle. The topics on Plato are almost exclusively political: (1) a reading of the Republic that places it within the genre of writings 'On the Politeia, and (2) a discussion of the role of preambles in Plato's Laws. There is a wider range of topics on Aristotle, ranging from his views on the relationship between external goods and happiness, through his account of phantasia, and all the way to his theory of metaphor. In relation to Aristotle also, one colloquium provides a detailed analysis of his curious theory of the so-called 'inner sense', while another raises the question as to whether he might be regarded as a particularist in the philosophy of action like some modern theorists. As usual for this series, most colloquia contain a paper and commentary which provide a lively exchange on these topics.
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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 25.4mm | 582g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004153535
  • 9789004153530

Table of contents

Preface, Introduction
Menn Bibliography
Wishing for Fortune, Choosing Activity: Aristotle on External Goods and Happiness - ERIC BROWN
Commentary on Brown - GARY M. GURTLER, S. J.
Brown/Gurtler Bibliography
Commentary on Ferrarin - KLAUS BRINKMANN
Ferrarin/Brinkmann Bibliography
Enchanting the Souls: On Plato's Conception of Law and "Preambles" - JEAN-FRANCOIS PRADEAU
Commentary on Pradeau - GAVIN T. COLVERT
Pradeau/Colvert Bibliography
Aristotle and the Metaphysics of Metaphor - FRAN O'ROURKE
O'Rourke/Patsioti-Tsacpounidi Bibliography
Was Aristotle a Particularist? - A. W. PRICE
Commentary on Price - BRIDGET CLARKE
Price/Clarke Bibliography
In Defense of Inner Sense: Aristotle on Perceiving That One Sees - THOMAS K. JOHANSEN
Commentary on Johansen - ARYEH KOSMAN
Johansen/Kosman Bibliography
About our Contributors
Index of Names
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Review quote

'The combination of insightful narrative and these two volumes constitutes a necessary addition to the library of anyone with an interest in this period in Chinese history.' Gerald W. Berkley-Coats, China Review International, 1995.
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About John J. Cleary

John J. Cleary is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and Associate Professor of Philosophy at NUI Maynooth (Ireland). He received his B.A. and M.A. from University College Dublin, and his Ph.D. from Boston University. He was director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy from 1984 to 1988, and is the founding general editor of this series of Proceedings. He has published extensively on ancient philosophy, including a monograph on Aristotle and Mathematics (Leiden, 1995). Currently, he is writing a book on the role of paideia in ancient political thought.
Gary M. Gurtler, S.J., is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He was educated at St. John Fisher College (B.A.), at Fordham University (M.A. and Ph.D.), and at the Weston School of Theology (M.Div.). He has published on ancient philosophy, with special attention to Neoplatonism, including a book on Plotinus: The Experience of Unity (1988). Most recently, his article "The Activity of Happiness in Aristotle's Ethics" appeared in the Review of Metaphysics (June, 2003). Currently, he is continuing research on alienation and otherness in the psychology of Plotinus.
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