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  • Print publication year: 1967
  • Online publication date: March 2008

Chapter 6 - The Peripatos

from Part 1 - GREEK PHILOSOPHY FROM PLATO TO PLOTINUS
Summary
The development of the Peripatos down to the time of Strato exhibits two main aspects. First, philosophic-speculative interest is largely replaced by interest in all kinds of special and empirical knowledge. Secondly, to the extent that philosophic interest is preserved at all, it often finds its satisfaction in non-theological, naturalistic, or even materialistic doctrines. In comparison with the Platonism of Clearchus and the Platonism of Theophrastus, Dicaearchus, Aristoxenus represent a different kind of Aristotelianism. Andronicus gave a new turn to the Peripatos. Andronicus is the first Peripatetic to write a commentary on Aristotle's Categories, and to arrange the works of Aristotle in the order logic-ethics-physics plus metaphysics. Boethus continues the work of Andronicus in writing commentaries on Aristotle's esoterica. Aristocles is the first Peripatetic whose writings permit us with certainty to assess the attitude of the Peripatos towards Plato in the post-Christian era. Alexander developed his own interpretation of Aristotle's noetics against the background of that by Aristocles.
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