This new edition of a short but fascinating text by Galen on causal theory contains the first translation of it into any modern language, and the first philosophical commentary thereon. The commentary ranges widely in Galen's oeuvre and compares his views with those of other ancient theorists. The introduction deals in detail with Galen's life and work, with both the philosophical and medieval background to his causal theory, and with the history of the text itself.
Introduction; 1. Galen's life; 2. The ancient concept of causation; 3. The medical schools; 4. The text of 'De Causis Procatarcticis'; Liber Galieni de Procatarcticis Causis/Galen's book on antecedent causes; Commentary; Appendix: a guide to the editions and abbreviations of the Galenic corpus; Glossary of Latin-Greek equivalences; Bibliography; Indexes.
"Hankinson's translation into English is careful and scholarly, and his commentary is extensive and useful." Anthony Preus, Religious Studies Review
"...entitled to thanks for making this work of Galen's so much more accessible than it has been, for helping bring it in from the outer margins of surviving classical literature." Rebecca Flemming, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"...an excellent contribution to Galenic studies." International Philosophical Quarterly