Physics and Philosophy of Nature in Greek Neoplatonism: Proceedings of the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop (Il Ciocco, Castelvecchio Pascoli, June 22-24, 2006)

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Riccardo Chiaradonna, F. T. Trabattoni
BRILL, 2009 - Philosophy - 317 pages
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Traditional scholarship has generally neglected the philosophy of nature in Greek Neoplatonism. In the last few decades, however, this attitude has changed radically. Natural philosophy has increasingly been regarded as a crucial aspect of late antique thought. Furthermore, several studies have outlined the impressive historical legacy of Neoplatonic physics. Building on this new interest, the ten papers published here concentrate on Neoplatonic philosophy of nature from Plotinus to Simplicius, and on its main conceptual features and its relation to the previous philosophical and scientific traditions. The papers were presented at a conference sponsored by the European Science Foundation in Castelvecchio Pascoli in June 2006. This volume makes an important contribution to the understanding of Greek Neoplatonism and its historical significance.
  

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Contents

Introduction Riccardo Chiaradonna Franco Trabattoni
1
Trois adversaires Xénarque Ptolémée Plotin pour une thèse Marwan Rashed
17
Le traité de Galien Sur la Démonstration et sa postérité tardoantique Riccardo Chiaradonna
43
Plotinus on quality and immanent form George Karamanolis
79
Language experience and the philosophy of time in Neoplatonism Robbert M van den Berg
101
Plotinus on nature and contemplation Enn III8 30 16 Christian Wildberg
121
A comparison between Plotinus and Proclus Chiara Russi
145
On some fundamental principles of the Neoplatonic philosophy of nature Alessandro Linguiti
173
Proclus on movers and divisibility Jan Opsomer
189
Proclus on matter and physical necessity Gerd Van Riel
231
Proclus on Timaeus 40 bc Carlos Steel
259
Bibliography
283
Index of Ancient and Medieval Authors
297
Index of Modern Authors
299
Index Locorum
302
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Riccardo Chiaradonna, Ph.D. (2001) in Philosophy, 'La Sapienza' University of Rome, is Associate Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of 'Roma Tre'. He has published extensively on Neoplatonism including Sostanza movimento analogia. Plotino critico di Aristotele (Naples 2002).Franco Trabattoni, Ph.D. (1980) in Philosophy, University of Milan, is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Milan. His publications include Scrivere nell'anima. Verità dialettica e persuasione in Platone (Florence 1994); Platone (Rome 1998); La verità nascosta. Oralità e scrittura in Platone e nella Grecia classica (Rome 2005).

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