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Sextus Empiricus and Ancient Physics

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Keimpe Algra, Katerina Ierodiakonou, Richard Bett, Michael J. White, Gábor Betegh, R. J. Hankinson, Susanne Bobzien, Tad Brennan, James Warren
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  • Date Published: July 2015
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  • isbn: 9781316309483

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  • The two books of Sextus Empiricus' Against the Physicists have not received much attention in their own right, as sustained and methodical specimens of sceptical philosophy. This volume redresses the balance by offering a series of in-depth studies on them, focusing in particular on their overall argumentative structure and on the various ways in which their formal features relate to their contents, showing how Sextus' procedures vary from one section to the other, and throwing new light on the way he was using his sources. It follows Sextus' own division of these two books into nine successive topics, namely god, cause, wholes and parts, body, place, motion, time, number, coming-to-be and passing-away. These nine chapters are preceded by an introduction which discusses a number of general features of Sextus' scepticism and links the conclusions of this volume to some recent discussions on the scope of ancient scepticism.

    • A useful and systematic guide to Sextus' comprehensive treatise on ancient physics
    • A novel approach to Sextus' philosophical aims and sceptical strategies, presenting Sextus as a philosopher in his own right and not only as a source for our knowledge of earlier philosophers
    • Offers in-depth studies and illuminating interpretations of Sextus' complex arguments
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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316309483
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Keimpe Algra and Katerina Ierodiakonou
    1. God: M 9.13–194 Richard Bett
    2. Cause: M 9.195–330 Michael J. White
    3. Wholes and parts: M 9.331–358 Katerina Ierodiakonou
    4. Body: M 9.359–440 Gábor Betegh
    5. Place: M 10.1–36 Keimpe Algra
    6. Motion: M 10.37–168 R. J. Hankinson
    7. Time: M 10.169–247 Susanne Bobzien
    8. Number: M 10.248–309 Tad Brennan
    9. Coming-to-be and passing-away: M 10.310–351 James Warren.

  • Editors

    Keimpe Algra, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Keimpe Algra is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Utrecht. He has published widely on ancient philosophy, in particular on Hellenistic philosophy and ancient science. He co-edited The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy (1999, with Jonathan Barnes, Jaap Mansfeld and Malcolm Schofield) and was managing editor of the international journal Phronesis. His most recent book is Philoponus: On Aristotle Physics 4.1-5 (2012), published in the series The Ancient Commentators on Aristotle (with Johannes van Ophuijsen). His current research focuses on the relation between physics and mathematics in ancient thought and on Stoic theology.

    Katerina Ierodiakonou, University of Athens, Greece
    Katerina Ierodiakonou is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Athens and Assistant Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Geneva. She has published extensively on ancient and Byzantine philosophy, especially in the areas of epistemology and logic. She is currently working on a monograph about ancient theories of colour, as well as on an edition, translation and commentary of Theophrastus' De sensibus and of Michael Psellos' paraphrasis of Aristotle's De interpretatione.


    Keimpe Algra, Katerina Ierodiakonou, Richard Bett, Michael J. White, Gábor Betegh, R. J. Hankinson, Susanne Bobzien, Tad Brennan, James Warren

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