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Supplement to "On the Soul" (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle)

Aphrodisias, Alexander of; and Sharples, R.W. (Translator)

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ISBN 10: 0801442133 / ISBN 13: 9780801442131
Published by Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2004
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Unused pristine first edition bound in blue boards with gilt title on spine. Dust jacket is unclipped, protected in removable mylar, and also pristine. Collection of short texts on psychology, ethics, and fate, which may all be by Alexander. Offers insight into the development of Peripatetic thought and the Stoic theories to which Alexander responded. 313 pages includes subject index, index of passages cited, Greek-English index, English-Greek glossary, bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # 2080138445

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Title: Supplement to "On the Soul" (Ancient ...

Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Boards

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The "Supplement" transmitted as the second book of "On the Soul" by Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. c. 200 AD) is a collection of short texts on a wide range of topics from psychology, including the general hylomorphic account of soul and its faculties, and the theory of vision; questions in ethics (natural instincts, the unity of the virtues, the naturalness of justice and the insufficiency of virtue for happiness); and issues relating to responsibility, chance and fate. One of the texts in the collection, "On Intellect", had a major influence on medieval Arabic and Western thought, greater than that of Alexander's "On the Soul" itself. The treatises may all be by Alexander himself; certainly the majority of them are closely connected with his other works. Many of them, however, consist of collections of arguments on particular issues, collections which probably incorporate material from earlier in the history of the Peripatetic school. This translation is from a new edition of the Greek text based on a collation of all known manuscripts and comparison with medieval Arabic and Latin translations.

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R.W. Sharples is Professor of Classics at University College London.

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