Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristotle provides a systematic yet accessible account of the reception of Aristotle’s philosophy in Antiquity. To date, there has been no comprehensive attempt to explain this complex phenomenon. This volume fills this lacuna by offering broad coverage of the subject from Hellenistic times to the sixth century AD. It is laid out chronologically and the 23 articles are divided into three sections: I. The Hellenistic Reception of Aristotle; II. The Post-Hellenistic Engagement with Aristotle; III. Aristotle in Late Antiquity. Topics include Aristotle and the Stoa, Andronicus of Rhodes and the construction of the Aristotelian corpus, the return to Aristotle in the first century BC, and the role of Alexander of Aphrodisias and Porphyry in the transmission of Aristotle's philosophy to Late Antiquity.
Andrea Falcon is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal. He is a specialist in Aristotle and the Aristotelian tradition in Antiquity. He is the author of
Aristotelianism in the First Century BCE: Xenarchus of Seleucia (CUP 2012).
Contributors are: Thomas Bénatouïl, Cristina Cerami, Riccardo Chiaradonna, Pieter d’Hoine, John Dillon, Tiziano Dorandi, Christophe Erismann, Andrea Falcon, Pantelis Golitsis, Michael Griffin, R.J. Hankinson, Myrto Hatzimichali, George Karamanolis, Inna Kupreeva, David Lefebvre, Sara Magrin, Jaap Mansfeld, Alexandra Michalewski, Jan Opsomer, Georgia Tsouni, Angela Ulacco, Francesco Verde, and Arnaud Zucker.
"The richness of this book is shown not only by the incredible value of each of its chapters –all of them in line with the most updated research, amazingly interesting both for the neophyte and for the researcher– but also for the many methodological insights on the history of the transmission of texts and ideas that it provides. It is not only the result of a wonderful intellectual work but also a roadmap that shows how the research on the history of the reception of Aristotle has proceeded –and, even more importantly, points out countless new paths through which it is possible to continue this research." Lucas Oro Hershtein,
Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge, 2, pp. 239-249.
Table of contents
Notes on Contributors
PART 1 - The Hellenistic Reception of Aristotle 1 Aristotle and the Hellenistic Peripatos: From Theophrastus to Critolaus
David Lefebvre 2 Aristotle and the Garden
Francesco Verde 3 Aristotle and the Stoa
PART 2 - The Post-Hellenistic Engagement with Aristotle The Peripatetic Tradition 4 Andronicus of Rhodes and the Construction of the Aristotelian Corpus
Myrto Hatzimichali 5 Aristotelianism in the First Century BC
Andrea Falcon 6 Peripatetic Ethics in the First Century BC: The Summary of Didymus
Georgia Tsouni 7 Aristotelianism in the Second Century AD: Before Alexander of Aphrodisias
Inna Kupreeva 8 Alexander of Aphrodisias
Beyond the Peripatetic Tradition 9 The Reception of Aristotle in Antiochus and Cicero
John Dillon 10 The Appropriation of Aristotle in the Ps-Pythagorean Treatises
Angela Ulacco 11 The Reception of Aristotle in Middle Platonism: From Eudorus of Alexandria to Ammonius Saccas
Alexandra Michalewski 12 Galen’s Reception of Aristotle
R. J. Hankinson 13 Plotinus’ Reception of Aristotle
Sara Magrin 14 The Ancient Biographical Tradition on Aristotle
Tiziano Dorandi 15 Aristotle in the Aëtian
Placita Jaap Mansfeld
PART 3 - Aristotle in Late Antiquity 16 Porphyry and the Aristotelian Tradition
Riccardo Chiaradonna 17 An Intellective Perspective on Aristotle: Iamblichus the Divine
Jan Opsomer 18 Themistius
Arnaud Zucker 19 Syrianus and Proclus on Aristotle
Pieter d’Hoine 20 Ammonius and the Alexandrian School
Michael Griffin 21 Simplicius and Philoponus on the Authority of Aristotle
Pantelis Golitsis 22
Aristoteles Latinus: The Reception of Aristotle in the Latin World
Christophe Erismann 23 Early Christian Philosophers on Aristotle
Index of Ancient Names
Index of Passages
The volume will be an essential reading and a key resource for all those working on Aristotle and the Aristotelian tradition in Antiquity and beyond.