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The Heirs of Plato

John Dillon

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780198237662
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597336 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237669.001.0001

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

The Heirs of Plato

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Epilogue: Arcesilaus and the Turn to Scepticism

John Dillon.

in The Heirs of Plato

January 2003; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 1655 words.

Arcesilaus of Pitane succeeded Crates as head of the Academy in the mid‐270s, and is credited with instigating the era of the ‘sceptical’ Academy. Dillon shows that this radical change of...

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Minor Figures

John Dillon.

in The Heirs of Plato

January 2003; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 23926 words.

In this chapter, Dillon considers four minor figures of the Academy: Philippus of Opus, Hermodorus of Syracuse, Heraclides of Pontus, who were all students of Plato; and Crantor of Soli, a...

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Polemo, Champion of Ethical Praxis

John Dillon.

in The Heirs of Plato

January 2003; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 9283 words.

Polemo, who was converted to philosophy after hearing Xenocrates lecture, presided over the Academy for much longer than either of his predecessors (from 314–276 B.C.). Polemo is best known...

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The Riddle of the Academy

John Dillon.

in The Heirs of Plato

January 2003; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 11821 words.

In this chapter, Dillon explores a number of questions regarding, firstly, the nature and structure of the Academy that Plato founded and bequeathed to his successors, and, secondly, the...

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Speusippus and the Search for an Adequate System of Principles

John Dillon.

in The Heirs of Plato

January 2003; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 25435 words.

Plato's nephew Speusippus was already over 60 when he assumed the headship of the Academy on his uncle's death, and his reign was short (347–339). Aristotle is our principle source for the...

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Xenocrates and the Systematization of Platonism

John Dillon.

in The Heirs of Plato

January 2003; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 28271 words.

Xenocrates, who had accompanied Plato on one of his visits to Sicily, became head of the Academy in 339 B.C. Xenocrates stays close to what he takes to be the cosmological doctrine of...

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