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<b>Ammonius Saccas</b>

George E. Karamanolis

in Plato and Aristotle in Agreement?

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199264568
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199264562.003.0006

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 Ammonius Saccas

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Ammonius Saccas held the view that the philosophy of Aristotle is in agreement with that of Plato on most essential philosophical issues. It is argued that Ammonius was an independent thinker who, though a Platonist, had a weaker commitment to Plato than most of his contemporary Platonists, and hence was uninterested in interschool polemics. Rather, his concern was to search for the truth in philosophy, which led him to study the works of both Plato and Aristotle, and appreciate them according to their merits. Focusing on the underlying thought behind the texts, Ammonius set aside doctrines forged by later philosophers, points of detail, and also certain flaws of the philosophers themselves, and reached an understanding of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy as a whole, concluding that their basic doctrines are essentially the same.

Keywords: Ammonius Saccas; Platonic philosophy; Aristotelian philosophy; metaphysics

Chapter.  11636 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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