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From Stoicism to Platonism
The Development of Philosophy, 100 BCE–100 CE

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Troels Engberg-Pedersen, A. G. Long, Malcolm Schofield, George Boys-Stones, Myrto Hatzimichali, Christopher Gill, Mauro Bonazzi, Gretchen Reydams-Schils, David T. Runia, Carlos Lévy, Gregory E. Sterling, A. A. Long, Stanley Stowers, Brad Inwood, Harold W. Attridge, Jan Opsomer, Charles Brittain
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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107166196

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  • From Stoicism to Platonism describes the change in philosophy from around 100 BCE, when monistic Stoicism was the strongest dogmatic school in philosophy, to around 100 CE, when dualistic Platonism began to gain the upper hand - with huge consequences for all later Western philosophy and for Christianity. It is distinguished by querying traditional categories like 'eclecticism' and 'harmonization' as means of describing the period. Instead, it highlights different strategies of 'appropriation' of one school's doctrines by philosophers from the other school, with all philosophers being highly conscious of their own identity. The book also sets out to break down the traditional boundaries between, on the one hand, the study of Greco-Roman philosophy in the period and, on the other hand, that of contemporary Hellenistic Jewish and early Christian writings with a philosophical profile. In these ways, the book opens up an immensely fruitful period in the history of philosophy.

    • Expert scholars explore one of the most fruitful and important periods in the history of Western philosophy
    • Brings together the study of Greco-Roman philosophical texts and Hellenistic Jewish and early Christian texts with a philosophical profile
    • Questions the categories traditionally used to describe philosophy in the period
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    'The authors of these chapters are engaged, from different points of view, in reconstructing a challenging period in the history of philosophy …' J. J. Mulhern, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107166196
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Introduction: a historiographical essay Troels Engberg-Pedersen
    2. Plato, Chrysippus and Posidonius' theory of affective movements A. G. Long
    3. Cicero's Plato Malcolm Schofield
    4. Are we nearly there yet? Eudorus on Aristotle's Categories George Boys-Stones
    5. Stoicism and Platonism in Arius Didymus Myrto Hatzimichali
    6. Oikeiōsis in Stoicism, Antiochus and Arius Didymus Christopher Gill
    7. The Platonist appropriation of Stoic epistemology Mauro Bonazzi
    8. 'Becoming like God' in Platonism and Stoicism Gretchen Reydams-Schils
    9. From Stoicism to Platonism: the difficult case of Philo of Alexandria's De providentia I David T. Runia
    10. From Cicero to Philo of Alexandria: ascending and descending axes in the interpretation of Platonism and Stoicism Carlos Lévy
    11. The love of wisdom: Middle Platonism and Stoicism in the Wisdom of Solomon Gregory E. Sterling
    12. Seneca and Epictetus on body, mind and dualism A. A. Long
    13. The dilemma of Paul's physics: features Stoic-Platonist or Platonist-Stoic? Stanley Stowers
    14. The legacy of Musonius Rufus Brad Inwood
    15. Stoic and Platonic reflections on naming in early Christian circles: or what's in a name? Harold W. Attridge
    16. Is Plutarch really hostile to the Stoics? Jan Opsomer
    17. Peripatetic appropriations of oikeiōsis: Alexander, Mantissa, chapter 17 Charles Brittain
    Index of passages
    General index.

  • Editor

    Troels Engberg-Pedersen, University of Copenhagen
    Troels Engberg-Pedersen is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen. He has moved freely between the disciplines of classics, ancient philosophy and Christian theology (the New Testament), and has published major monographs on Aristotle's Ethics, Stoic ethics, the Apostle Paul (and Stoicism) and, most recently, the Gospel of John (and philosophy).


    Troels Engberg-Pedersen, A. G. Long, Malcolm Schofield, George Boys-Stones, Myrto Hatzimichali, Christopher Gill, Mauro Bonazzi, Gretchen Reydams-Schils, David T. Runia, Carlos Lévy, Gregory E. Sterling, A. A. Long, Stanley Stowers, Brad Inwood, Harold W. Attridge, Jan Opsomer, Charles Brittain

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