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Platonic Stoicism - Stoic Platonism

The Dialogue between Platonism and Stoicism in Antiquity

Mauro Bonazzi, Christoph Helmig (eds)

Publication Year: 2008

This book examines the important but largely neglected issue of the interrelation between Platonism and Stoicism in Ancient Philosophy. Several renowned specialists in the fields of Stoic and Platonic analyse the intricate mutual influences between Stoic and Platonic philosophers in the Hellenistic period, the Imperial Age, and after. Although it has been repeatedly claimed that the phenomenon addressed in this book could best be labelled eclecticism, it emerges from the various articles collected here that the situation is much more complicated. Far from being eclectics, most Stoics and Platonists consciously appropriated their material in order to integrate it into their own philosophical system. The dialogue between Platonists and Stoics testifies to active debate and controversy on central topics such as psychology, epistemology, physics, and ethics. This book will deepen our understanding of the dialogue between different philosophical schools in Antiquity. The results presented here teach one clear lesson: Platonism and Stoicism were by no means monolithic blocks, but were continuously moulded by mutual influence and interaction.

Published by: Leuven University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Table of Contents

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pp. v-5

List of Abbreviations

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pp. vi-6

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xvi

According to an ancient tradition, Zeno of Citium, founder of the Stoic school had been a pupil of the last head of the Old Academy, namely Polemo, son of Philostratus. The relationship between Polemo and Zeno can be seen as the starting point of a fruitful and intriguing history of mutual influence and enrichment.1 ...

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Le débat entre platonisme et stoïcismesur la vie scolastique: Chrysippe, la Nouvelle Académie et Antiochus

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pp. 1-22

Cet article s’inscrit dans un projet plus large d’étude des rapports entre σχολή et philosophie dans l’Antiquité, et en particulier de leurs transformations de l’époque classique à l’époque impériale, transformations dont Platon, ses divers successeurs et les stoïciens me semblent les protagonistes majeurs. ...

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Alcuni esempi della relazionetra l’etica stoica e Platone

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pp. 23-40

Nel corso di una rapida ricognizione dei rapporti che sussistono tra l’etica stoica e l’opera platonica, a lato di un atteggiamento degli Stoici che, in generale, non si mostra favorevole a Platone, si evidenziano tre fattori di cui è opportuno tener conto: in primo luogo il desiderio, manifesto già in Zenone, ...

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La lecture stoïcienne du laconisme à travers le filtre de Platon

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pp. 41-62

En conférant au laconisme expressif une substance et une dignité philosophiques, le stoïcisme occupa une place cruciale dans sa constitution en paradigme rhétorique dans la culture antique et contribua de façon décisive à la fortune de cet idéal stylistique.1 Il suivait sur ce point la voie ouverte par Socrate ....

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L’Érôs pédagogique chez Platon et les Stoïciens

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pp. 63-86

Le but de cet article est de définir la nature et la fonction de l’éros stoïcien dans un rapprochement avec le penseur, de l’éros, et de l’éros pédagogique. Ma première partie (I) constituera un premier survol de ce rapprochement, à travers l’analyse d’un passage assez étonnant d’Épictète, qui, de tonalité fortement platonicienne, ...

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Platonism and Stoicism in Vergil’s Aeneid

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pp. 87-108

In this volume on the intersection of Platonism and Stoicism, special attention is due to the early Roman empire, after the influences of Posidonius, Antiochus of Ascalon, Eudorus, Cicero, and Arius Didymus, when some began to think of the two philosophies as a single set of great ideas. ...

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Eudorus’ psychology and Stoic Ethics

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pp. 109-132

The second book of Stobaeus’ Anthologium has often been used as evidence to reconstruct the position of Eudorus of Alexandria and its relation as much to Stoicism as to Platonism. Indeed, if scholars of Stoicism have tried to show how this evidence proves Eudorus’ dependence on Stoic doctrines, ...

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Onomastic Reference in Seneca. The Case of Plato and the Platonists

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pp. 133-148

The title of this paper stands in need of explanation. First of all, I would like to stress that my primary concern is not with the conceptual relation of Seneca’s work to Plato and/or the Platonist tradition – a vast subject in itself. Rather I will pursue the more modest purpose of inventorizing and evaluating such explicit references to Plato ...

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Seneca, Plato and Platonism: The case of Letter 65

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pp. 149-168

It is not uncommon to use Seneca’s letters, especially 58 and 65, primarily as sources for the development of Platonism; it is also common to study these letters primarily in the light of Platonic tradition;1 as a result, it is natural to devote the majority of one’s scholarly attention only to the first half of each letter. ...

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The Stoic Background to the Middle Platonist Discussion of Fate

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pp. 169-188

The treatise On Fate probably dates from the second century AD. There are no very firm grounds for the dating or, indeed, for its not being by Plutarch himself; the claim that it is not rests chiefly on its scholastic nature.1 It shows little of the intellectual excitement characteristic of Plutarch’s writing. ...

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Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: How Stoic and How Platonic?

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pp. 189-208

I tackle here a longstanding scholarly question: how far Marcus’ Meditations reflect orthodox Stoic thinking or a more mixed or eclectic approach, influenced by Platonic and other theories. I approach this question especially through a close reading of a number of passages on psychology which seem to display Platonic-style dualism. ...

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Platonismo e Teoria dell a Conoscenza Stoica tra II e III secolo d.C.

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pp. 209-242

La dottrina stoica della concezioni comuni ebbe un’importante posterità nel platonismo di età tardo-ellenistica e imperiale. Sicuramente, il testo più noto che testimonia della sua fortuna è il trattato polemico di Plutarco De communibus notitiis adversus Stoicos.1 ...

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Calcidius on God

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pp. 243-258

In his 4th c. AD Latin commentary on the Timaeus, Calcidius very cleverly uses structuring devices from Plato’s original to arrange his exposition. Thus a crucial junction in the commentary, as in the Timaeus (47e), is the distinction between ‘the works of reason’ and those ‘of necessity,’ ...

Bibliography

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pp. 259-288

Index Auctorum Modernorum

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pp. 289-290

Index Auctorum et Locorum

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pp. 291-304

Dewulf-Mansion Centre Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

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pp. 305-310


E-ISBN-13: 9789461660282
Print-ISBN-13: 9789058676252

Page Count: 326
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1