By J. Mansfeld, D. T. Runia
The subject matter of this examine is the Doxography of difficulties in physics from the Presocratics to the early first century BCE attributed to Aetius. half I makes a speciality of the argument of the compendium as an entire, of its books, of its sequences of chapters, and of person chapters, opposed to the history of Peripatetic and Stoic technique. half II bargains the 1st complete reconstruction in one unified textual content of ebook II, which bargains with the cosmos and the heavenly our bodies. it's in keeping with broad research of the appropriate witnesses and comprises listings of various doxographical-dialectical parallels in different historic writings. This new therapy of the proof supersedes Diels' nonetheless dominant source-critical method, and may end up essential for students in historic philosophy.
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From an ideal or scholastic point of view one should proceed either from the more general to the more particular methodological issues, or from the more particular to the more general, but this has not proven entirely practicable. Particular points turn up in the course of the study of general issues, and conversely. A special case is that of the alternative readings of a specific doctrine sometimes presented together in a single lemma, which may or may not be documented by a reference to, or quotation of, a source for an alternative (see below, Sections 16 and 16 section one 18).
The philosophers] have opposed each other by means of what we have cited. Spectacular also what they have said about the earth’ (κα περ μ ν τ ν ο ραν ων κα μεταρσ ων τοσα τα το ς δεδηλωμ νοις πρ ς λλ λους διεστασ ασται. α δ κα τ περ γ ς). 13 with as heading that of the previous ch. 12, ‘On the motion of the earth’. 34 section three book (viz. Book III) by A, and then of course P. This argument is selfdefeating when considered in its larger Dielsian context. 8, which becomes the proem of Book IV of the hypothetical earlier work.
3. Number and Content of Books: Stylistic Cleansing and Purported Vetusta Placita Summary. Our evaluation of Diels’ source-criticism is continued in this section. His interpretative comparison of the Placita with Augustine’s information on a doxographical work of Celsus in six books is flawed. Similarity is achieved at the cost of removing those parts of the work that fail to fit Augustine’s description of Celsus’ approach. Diels is also biased in arguing that the presentation of contrasting views does not belong with the genuine Placita tradition.
Aetiana: The Method and Intellectual Context of a Doxographer, the Compendium (Philosophia Antiqua) (v. 2) by J. Mansfeld, D. T. Runia