Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy

Volume XX (2004)


This volume contains papers and commentaries originally presented to the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy during the 2003-04 academic year. Aristotle is treated in three colloquia. The topics range from (1) a new way of linking Aristotle’s Metaphysics and De Anima through a dynamic understanding of substance to (2) an exploration of the notion of causal agency between the agent and patient. The third deals with the distinction between the real and apparent good, situating Aristotle between Socrates and the Stoics. Four colloquia concern Platonic texts. Three focus on the Republic, (1) challenging the view that Plato is an ideologue, (2) examining the principle of specialization and its anomalous exclusion of the artisans from education in virtue, and (3) showing how justice is valuable in itself and constitutive of happiness. The fourth paper takes a phenomenological excursion into the Theaetetus bringing out the interplay between Platonic drama and philosophy. As always, the comments provide the reader with initial reaction and often lively counterpoint.

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Biographical Note

John J. Cleary is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at NUI, Maynooth (Ireland). He received his B.A. and M.A. from University College, Dublin, and his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1982. 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 studying 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.