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Porphyry

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/10.1093/0199264562.003.0008

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Porphyry

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Porphyry was much more involved in the study of Aristotle’s work than any other Platonist before him. It is shown that Porphyry criticized Aristotle, but he also considered him to have agreed with Plato in all crucial philosophical issues in physics, psychology, ethics, and metaphysics. Porphyry did not deny that Aristotle sometimes contradicted Plato. What he denied was that these contradictions undermined their essential accord. In Porphyry’s view, most of Aristotle’s disagreements with Plato can be reduced either to difference in perspective, or to Aristotle’s misunderstandings of Plato, or to misunderstandings of Aristotle by later interpreters.

Keywords: Porphyry; metaphysics; psychology; physics; ethics; commentary

Chapter.  42504 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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