This volume represents some of the activities of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy from the academic year 1996-97. It contains eight colloquia which were hosted by seven different universities within the greater Boston area. The volume is dominated by discussions of the works of Plato, while there is one colloquium dedicated to Aristotle and another to Sophocles'
Philoctetes. With regard to Plato, his notion of the philosopher-ruler gets most attention, while other topics discussed include his concept of thinking, the role which perplexity plays in his dialogues, his theory of sense perception in the
Timaeus, and the image of the prisoners in the
Republic. With respect to Aristotle there is a discussion of essence and necessity in his concept of science, while the paper on Sophocles discusses the related themes of friendship and virtue.
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John J. Cleary, Ph.D. (1982) in Philosophy, Boston University, is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and senior lecturer at NUI Maynooth (Ireland). He has published widely on Ancient Philosophy, including
Aristotle on the Many Senses of Priority (Southern Illinois U.P., 1987) and
Aristotle and Mathematics (Brill, 1995).
Gary M. Gurtler, S.J., Ph.D. (1978) in Philosophy, Fordham University, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He has published extensively in the area of ancient philosophy including
Plotinus: The Experience of Unity (Lang, 1988)
All specialists in ancient philosophy, including researchers, teachers and graduate students in the dual fields of classics and philosophy, as well as generalists in the history of philosophy.