All specialists in ancient philosophy, including researchers, teachers and graduate students in the dual fields of classics and philosophy, as well as generalists in the history of philosophy.
John J. Cleary, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and Senior Lecturer at NUl Maynooth (Ireland). He has served as director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, and is the Founding Editor of this series of Proceedings. His publications in ancient philosophy include: Aristotle on the Many Senses of Priority (Carbondale (IL), 1988) and Aristotle and Mathematics (Leiden, 1995). Currently, he is studying the role of mathematics in the theology of Proclus, as well as completing an analysis of Aristotle's Metaphysics XIII & XIV for Project Archelogos.
Gary M. Gurtler, S.J., is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He has published extensively 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 contains papers and commentaries originally presented to the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy during the 2001-2 academic year. Four papers concern Platonic texts. Three explore Socratic piety, elenchos, and maieutic in Euthyphro, Meno, and Theaetetus respectively. More is involved, but distinguishing between Socrates and Plato, their ideas and methods, forms a common thread. The fourth paper casts a wider net in discussing the nature of life in Plato in relation to Homer and others. Two papers study topics in Aristotle, moral considerability in the discussion of friendship and the aporematic conception of inquiry. The last two papers bring in NeoPlatonists, exploring Augustine's appropriation of Platonic grades of virtue and Proclus's reconsideration of Aristotelian motion.
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