Theoria, Praxis, and the Contemplative Life After Plato and Aristotle

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Thomas Bénatouïl, Mauro Bonazzi
BRILL, Apr 19, 2012 - Philosophy - 295 pages
Studies of the notion of "theoria" and of the contemplative life have often been restricted to Plato and Aristotle. This volume shows that aspirations to contemplation and the life of the intellect survived long after the classical period, turning into topics of heated debates, powerful arguments and original applications throughout the Hellenistic, imperial, and late antique periods. The introduction attempts to reconstruct all the problems pertaining to the contemplative life in Antiquity, and the twelve papers, written by distinguished scholars, offer a thorough study of the appropriation, criticism and transformation of Plato s and Aristotle s positions on the contemplative life, including its epistemological and metaphysical foundation. The volume ranges from Theophrastus to the end of Antiquity, including Jewish and Christian authors, with a focus on Platonism from Cicero to Damascius.
 

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Contents

An Overview
1
Part One The Hellenistic and PostHellenistic Debate
15
les limites ethiques psychologiques et cosmologiques de la contemplation
17
Aplanes Theoria Einige Aspekte der Epikureischen Vorstellung vom Bios Theoretikos
41
une problematique de la voluntas?
57
Seneca and the Contemplatio Veri De otio and Epistulae morales
75
Philosophy and Praxis in Sextus Empiricus
101
Part Two Early Imperial Platonism and Neoplatonism
119
Plotinus and Porphyry on the Contemplative Life
183
Damascius on the Contemplative Life
199
Part Three The Christian Reception
213
Leah and Rachel as Figures of the Active and the Contemplative Life in Augustines Contra Faustum Manichaeum
215
Maximus Confessor on Theory and Praxis A Commentary on Ambigua Ad Johannem VI 10 119
229
Bibliography
259
Index Locorum
275
Index of Ancient Names
288

La contemplation chez Philon dAlexandrie
121
On Plutarchs Platonism
139
The Theoretikos Bios in Alcinous
163

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Thomas Bénatouïl, Ph.D. (2002), is Maître de conférences at the University of Lorraine (France), a member of the Archives Henri Poincaré Research Team, and a junior fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. He has published extensively on Hellenistic and Imperial Philosophy, especially Stoicism.

Mauro Bonazzi, Ph.D. (2001) in Ancient Philosophy, is Lecturer and Aggregate Professor of History of Ancient Philosophy at Milan State University. He has published extensively on Platonism, including Academici e Platonici. Il dibattito antico sullo scetticismo di Platone (2003).

Contributors: Thomas Bénatouïl, Michael Erler, Carlos Lévy, Margaret Graver, Emidio Spinelli, Valéry Laurand, Mauro Bonazzi, David Sedley, Alessandro Linguiti, Gerd Van Riel, Giovanni Catapano, Carlos Steel

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