The book should be of interest to institutes and academic libraries in classics and ancient philosophy, as well as specialists and graduate students in these disciplines. The diversity of the volume will appeal to all those classicists and philosophers who are interested in various traditions of ancient thought, both in Greek and Latin.
John J. Cleary, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and senior lecturer at NUI Maynooth (Ireland). He received his B.A. and M.A. from University College, Dublin, and his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1982. He was director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy from 1984 to 1988, and is the founding general editor for this series of Proceedings. He has published extensively on ancient philosophy, including monographs on Aristotle on the Many Senses of Priority (Carbondale, 1988) and on Aristotle and Mathematics (Brill, 1995). Currently he is researching the role of mathematics in the theology of Proclus, and analyzing Aritstotle's Metaphysics M & N for Project Archelogos.
Gary M. Gurtler, S.J., Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He was educated at St.John Fisher College, at Fordham University, and at the Weston School of Theology. He has published on ancient philosophy, with special attention to Neoplatonism, including a book on Plotinus: The Experience of Unity (Lang, 1988). Currently he is concluding research on the psychology of Plotinus.
This volume represents the activities of BACAP during 1998-99. Three colloquia deal with Platonic texts. The first examines the myth of Atlantis in the 'Timaeus and Critias', the second focuses on self and knowledge in the 'Republic' and the 'Phaedo', while the third explores the rhetoric of the 'Phaedrus'.
Aristotle is also treated in three colloquia. Two of these colloquia tease out different aspects of the 'De Anima'; the analogy between sensing and knowing, and the implications of Aristotle's account of perception for modern philosophy of mind. The third colloquium on Aristotle discusses recent interpretations of 'Metaphysics' Zeta.
The remaining two colloquia treat of Seneca's 'Natural Questions' and of the pre-history of Pyrrhonic skepticism. The first deals with Seneca's partially successful attempt to write a literary masterpiece. The second discusses the philosophical milieu of Pyrrho and his early form of skepticism.
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