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Pseudo-Aristotle: De Mundo (On the Cosmos)
A Commentary


Pavel Gregorić, George Karamanolis, Karel Thein, Jakub Jirsa, Irene Pajón Leyra, Hynek Bartoš, István Baksa, Gábor Betegh, Vojtěch Hladký
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  • Date Published: March 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108819855

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  • De mundo is a protreptic to philosophy in the form of a letter to Alexander the Great and is traditionally ascribed to Aristotle. It offers a unique view of the cosmos, God and their relationship, which was inspired by Aristotle but written by a later author. The author provides an outline of cosmology, geography and meteorology, only to argue that a full understanding of the cosmos cannot be achieved without a proper grasp of God as its ultimate cause. To ensure such a grasp, the author provides a series of twelve carefully chosen interlocking analogies, building a complex picture in the reader's mind. The work develops a distinctly Aristotelian picture of God and the cosmos while paying tribute to pre-Aristotelian philosophers and avoiding open criticism of rival schools of philosophy. De mundo exercised considerable influence in late antiquity and then in the Renaissance and Early Modern times.

    • One of the first extended studies of De mundo to focus on its philosophical content rather than issues of authorship, dating and style
    • Argues that the work provides an interpretation of Aristotle's position about God and his relation to the universe which is at once philosophically compelling and methodologically interesting for the author's use of analogy
    • Offers a glimpse into the philosophical debates in the Hellenistic period and late antiquity, but also into the genre of popular philosophy characteristic of the time
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    • Date Published: March 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108819855
    • length: 257 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.351kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Pavel Gregorić and George Karamanolis
    2. On philosophy and its proper subject (Chapter 1) George Karamanolis
    3. The heavenly sphere (Chapter 2, 391b9–392a31) Karel Thein
    4. The sublunary domain (Chapters 2–3, 392a31–393a8) Jakub Jirsa
    5. Geography (Chapter 3, 392a31–393a8) Irene Pajón Leyra and Hynek Bartoš
    6. Meteorology (Chapter 4) István Baksa
    7. The eternity of the cosmos (Chapter 5) Pavel Gregorić
    8. God's relation to the cosmos (Chapter 6) Gábor Betegh and Pavel Gregorić
    9. God's many names (Chapter 7) Vojtěch Hladký.

  • Editors

    Pavel Gregorić, Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia
    Pavel Gregorić is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb, working on ancient, Renaissance and early modern philosophy. He has published Aristotle on the Common Sense (2007), and is a co-editor of the volume Encounters with Aristotelian Philosophy of Mind (2020) and a contributor to Hackett's forthcoming new translation of Aristotle complete works.

    George Karamanolis, Universität Wien, Austria
    George Karamanolis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna. He has published Plato and Aristotle in Agreement? Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyry (2006) and The Philosophy of Early Christianity (2013), and edited Studies on Porphyry (with Anne Sheppard, 2007) and The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy (with Vasilis Politis, Cambridge, 2017).


    Pavel Gregorić, George Karamanolis, Karel Thein, Jakub Jirsa, Irene Pajón Leyra, Hynek Bartoš, István Baksa, Gábor Betegh, Vojtěch Hladký

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