What is the history of philosophy? Is it history or is it philosophy or is it by some strange alchemy a confluence of the two? The contributors to the present volume of essays have tackled this seemingly simple, but in reality difficult and controversial, question, by drawing on their specialised knowledge of the surviving texts of leading ancient philosophers, from the Presocratics to Augustine, through Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. These contributions, which reflect the range of methods and approaches currently used in the study of ancient texts, are offered as a tribute to the scholarship of Denis O’Brien, one of the most original and penetrating students of the thousand-year period of intense philosophical activity that constitutes ancient philosophy.
Contributors include: T. Buchheim, J. Cleary, K. Corrigan, D. Evans, G. Gurtler S.J., C. Horn, J.-M. Narbonne, C. Natali, G. O'Daly, F. Schroeder, S. Stern-Gillet, P. Thillet, and C. Viano.
Suzanne Stern-Gillet, M.Phil. (Greek and Latin), D.Phil. (Philosophy) is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Bolton. She has published extensively on ancient philosophy (concepts of selfhood and theories of art), including
Aristotle’s Philosophy of Friendship (New York, 1995).
Kevin Corrigan is Professor of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. His most recent books are
Reading Plotinus: a practical guide to Neoplatonism (2004),
Plato's Dialectic at Play: Structure, Argument and Myth in the Symposium (2004) (with Elena Glazov-Corrigan), and
Platonisms: Ancient, Modern, and Postmodern (2007) (with John Turner).
Note on Contributors
1. Aristotle’s Conception of
C. Natali 2. Aristotle and the Starting Point of Moral Development: The Notion of Natural Virtue,
C. Viano 3.
Akrasia and Moral Education in Aristotle,
J. Cleary 4. Effective Primary Causes: The Notion of Contact and the Possibility of Acting without Being Affected in Aristotle’s
De Generatione et Corruptione,
II. PLATO AND HIS HEIRS: FROM APULEIUS TO AUGUSTINE
5. The Organisation of the Soul: Some Overlooked Aspects of Interpretation from Plato to Late Antiquity,
K. Corrigan 6. The Final Metamorphosis: Narrative Voice in the Prologue of Apuleius'
F.M. Schroeder 7. Plotinus: Omnipresence and Transcendence in VI 4-5[22-23],
G. Gurtler S.J. 8. The Concept of Will in Plotinus,
C. Horn 9. Divine Freedom in Plotinus and Iamblichus (
Tractate VI 8 (39) 7, 11-15 and
De Mysteriis III, 17-20),
J.-M. Narbonne 10. Was the
Vita Plotini known in Arab Philosophical Circles?,
P. Thillet 11. Friendship and Transgression:
Luminosus limes amicitiae (Augustine,
Confessions 2.2.2) and the Themes of
G. O’Daly 12. Augustine and the Philosophical Foundations of Sincerity,
III. EPILOGUE: INTERPRETATION IN RETROSPECT
13. Innovation and Continuity in the History of Philosophy,
A Detailed Bibliography of Denis O’Brien’s Works
All those interested in Classics and Philosophy, especially ancient philosophy and its history.