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by William Charlton

Draw on Christian and Neoplatonic traditions in presenting Aristotle's views on the immortality of the soul, the character of sense perception and the presence within the soul of universals. Translation of text with commentary and notes.
Download Philoponus: On Aristotle on the Intellect (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle) epub
ISBN: 0715622455
ISBN13: 978-0715622452
Category: History
Subcategory: Ancient Civilizations
Author: William Charlton
Language: English
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd. (December 31, 1991)
Pages: 183 pages
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Important text , rare and very good translation. This is the case for all the volumes of this collection,but this one is special interest , because it concerns exactly the part of the otherwise lost commentary on De anima Book III, which was translated by William of Moerbeke from his greek source into latin.
John Philoponus (ca 490-570) was a man of colossal intellect and rare genius, a man worthy to bear the torch of Philosophia and expound the doctrines of Aristotle and Plato, while also making significant advancements in philosophy that were pristinely original. For instance, Philoponus refuted Aristotle’s impetus theory by proving that projectiles are propelled by an internal impetus forced upon them from the outside and thus implemented this theory in his argument that the Christian God moves the cosmos in this way, the world which he created ex nihilo from a beginning. Moreover, Galileo utilized Philoponus’ ideas in developing his cosmic scheme even after Philoponus’ apogee in the Middle Age schools of the Latin West, the Byzantine East and the Islamic world. Now in this astute scholia on Aristotle’s de Anima 3.4-8, entitled ‘On the Intellect’ the author’s goal is to elucidate Aristotle’s teachings on the dynamics of the soul’s intellect. Such angles to Aristotelian psychology as the soul’s immortality, its use of images in cognition, the presence of universals in the soul and the nature of sense-perception are rounded into one soundly concocted synthesis which will make for a very informing read. Here, in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series, the English speaking world will be introduced to the aetherial writings of the unique John Philoponus for the first time. And this volume, ‘On the Intellect’ will be a great place to start the quest through the writings of this famed commentator on Aristotle.