A History of Ancient Philosophy II: Plato and Aristotle

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Philosophy - 437 pages
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Reale (history of ancient philosophy, Catholic U. of Milan) covers the first 500 years of the common era. These years witnessed the revivals of Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, Pyrrhonism, Cynicism, Pythagoreanism, and particularly the revival of Platonism under Plotinus. The translation (from the fifth Italian edition) is literal and not very fluid. No index or bibliography, but extensive, detailed endnotes. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Ably edited and translated from the 5th Italian edition by John R. Catan. At the center of Reale's (history of ancient philosophy, Catholic U. of Milan) interpretation of Plato is the fulcrum of the metaphysical discovery of the supersensible. His systematic-unitary interpretation of Aristotle depends on and converges with the new systematic-unitary interpretation of Plato. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

The Mediation Attempted by Plato between the Written and the Oral and the Structural Relationship between the Written and the Unwritten
7
The Important Problems that Have Beset the Interpretation of Plato and Their Most Plausible Solution in the Light of the New Research
23
The Second Voyage as a Journey from the Physical Inquiries of the Presocratics to the Metaphysical Level
37
The Platonic Theory of Ideas and Some Problems Connected to It
47
The Unwritten Doctrines of the First Principles and the Highest and Most Important Metaphysical Concepts Connected to Them
65
The Metaphysics of the Ideas in the Light of the Protologic of the Unwritten Doctrine and Allusions That Plato Makes to the Doctrine of the Principles
77
The Doctrine of the Demiurge and Cosmology
95
Epistemology and Dialectic
117
The Political Component of Platonic Thought and Its Relationship with the Protologic of the Unwritten Doctrines
225
The Myth of the Cave as a Symbol of Platonic Thought in All Its Fundamental Valences
231
Some Summits of the Thought of Plato Remain
237
A Critical Premise The HistoricalGenetic Method and the Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Thought
249
The Basic Points of Contact between Plato and Aristotle The Truthfulness of the Second Voyage
253
The Basic Differences between Aristotle and Plato
259
Metaphysics
265
Physics
293

The Conception of Art and Rhetoric
131
Relevance of the MysticalReligiousAscetic Component of Platonism
139
The Immortality of the Soul Its Ultraterrestrial Destiny and Its Reincarnation
141
The New Moral Asoetic
157
The Mysticism of Philia and Eros
169
Plato a Prophet?
175
The EthicalReligious Component of Platonic Thought and its Relationship with the Protologic of the Unwritten Doctrines
177
The Importance and Significance of the Political Component of Platonism
185
The Republic or the Construction of the Ideal CityState
189
The Man of the State Written Laws and Constitution
215
The Second State of the Laws
221
Psychology
303
Mathematics
313
Ethics
317
Politics
337
The Foundation of Logic
351
Rhetoric
367
Poetics
377
The Destiny of Aristotelian Philosophy
385
The Achievements and Aporias of Aristotelian Philosophy
387
Notes
393
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About the author (1990)

Giovanni Reale is Professor and holder of the Chair in History of Ancient Philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan.

John R. Catan is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York, College at Brockport.