Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism: Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato's Phaedo

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BRILL, Jul 27, 2011 - Philosophy - 223 pages
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The belief in the immortality of the soul has been described as one of the twin pillars of Platonism and is famously defended by Socrates in Plato s "Phaedo." The ancient commentaries on the dialogue by Olympiodorus and Damascius offer a unique perspective on the reception of this belief in the Platonic tradition. Through a detailed discussion of topics such as suicide, the life of the philosopher and arguments for immortality, this study demonstrates the commentators serious engagement with problems in Plato s text as well as the dialogue's importance to Neoplatonic ethics. The book will be of interest to students of Plato and the Platonic tradition, and to those working on ancient ethics and psychology.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Olympiodorus on Suicide
27
II Politics and Purification in Socrates Second Defence Phd63b69e
51
Two Interpretations of the Argument from Opposites in Platos Phaedo Phd 69e72d
71
IV Memory Forgetfulness and Recollection in the Commentaries on Platos Phaedo
97
V The Affinity Argument in Platos Phaedo
123
VI The Final Argument in Platos Phaedo
143
The Phaedo Myth and Its Neoplatonic Interpreters
173
General Conclusions
189
Bibliography
195
Index Rerum
205
Index Nominum Veterum et Recentiorum
209
Index Locorum Potiorum
213
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Sebastian R. P. Gertz, Ph.D. (2010) in Classics, University of Cambridge, is a Research Associate to the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project at King's College London. He has published on Greek Neoplatonism and the ancient commentary tradition.