Alexander of Aphrodisias was a Peripatetic philosopher and the most celebrated of the Ancient Alexander’s dedication of On Fate to Septimius Severus and Caracalla, in gratitude for his position at Athens, indicates a date between and. Alexander of Aphrodisias’ Ethical Problems R. W. Sharples (Tr.): Alexander of Aphrodisias, Ethical Problems. (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle.) Pp. Alexander of Aphrodisias on Fate: Text, Translation, and Commentary. Alexander (ed.) Alexander of Aphrodisias in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy.

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Preface Note on abbreviations Introduction 1. In his emphasis on a naturalist point of view he appears remarkably free from the increasingly spiritualistic and mystical tendencies of his own time. Causation and the unity of the universe. For we do not describe every proposition, in which what is necessary is contained, as ipso facto] necessary; for it is not in this way that it is judged that a proposition is necessary, but by its not being able to change from being true to being false.

He rules out personal immortality by identifying the active pf with pure form and with God, the Unmoved Mover see On the Soul and Caston Alexander of Aphrodisias, Ethical Problems. For if fathers are causes of their children, and enquiry after causes should be governed by considerations of affinity, so that the cause of a man is a man, and of a horse a horse, of which of those after them are those who never even married in the first place the causes?

This article has no associated abstract. Alexander of Aphrodisias – – Cornell University Press. Of whom are those children that die before maturity the causes?

The intellectual level of kf discussions is uneven and the titles of the treatises are sometimes misleading. As a philosopher, Alexander presents in his writings an Aristotelian point of view that reflects in many ways the conditions of his own time, on questions that were not or not extensively discussed by Aristotle himself.

University of California Press D. Importance and Influence Bibliography A. Alexander of Aphrodisias’ Ethical Problems R. As these writings show, his main contemporary opponents were the Stoics, but there is also some evidence of a controversy with Galen.

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Alexander of Aphrodisias

But it is clear from the scope and depth of his work that he was a well-trained philosopher with a broad range of knowledge and interests.

He wrote many commentaries on the works of Aristotleextant are those on the Prior AnalyticsTopicsMeteorologySense and Sensibiliaand Metaphysics. Citation for this page in APA citation style. De FatoXV, While his presentation is not free from repetition and while the order of the arguments leaves something to be desired, it is an interesting text that displays a lively engagement with the issues and quite some philosophical sophistication.

It is reasonable, too, to say that there is some first beginning among the causes, which has no other beginning or cause before it. For by using this argument it will be possible to say of all the most absurd things that they both exist and have causes which are in accordance with reason, though still obscure to us. Or is it possible to preserve [the thesis] that nothing comes to be without a cause, even though matters are as we state? Alexander of Aphrodisias Greek: Unfortunately, Alexander does not see that the role of chance is merely to generate these possibilities, creating new causal chains which can be evaluated for the best choice of action.

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At any rate, the cause of standing up and of walking about is the same; for standing up is aphrdoisias the cause of walking about, but the cause of both is the [man] who stands up and walks about and his choice. Of the commentaries, the following are extant: For many of the things that come to be, because of their falling short in size, either apheodisias not roused or perish too early, and so do not succeed in becoming the causes of anything in accordance with the potential that they possess.

For, [even] if [when] stated as [something] necessary aphtodisias is not true because of the addition of the necessary, if it zlexander not become necessary by the addition of ‘of necessity’ it will still be true in the same way as [the proposition] uttered without this addition.

Nick Byrd – – Dissertation, University of Colorado. Sign in to use this feature. Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination s cannot take the resit. The first statement, at any rate, that all the things that are become causes of some of the things after them, and that in this way things are connected to one another by the later being attached to the earlier in the manner of a chain, this being what they propose as the essence as if it were of fate — ob is this not clearly in conflict with the facts?

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IXEpicurus, and the Stoics.

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Without such indefinite uncaused causes, everything would happen by necessity. Bloomsbury Publishers Trego, K. These essays defend the view that while there is no special care for individuals, providence over the objects in the sublunary sphere is exercised by the movement of the heavenly bodies in the sense that they preserve the continuity of the species on earth.

Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture. So the sequence of causes of which they speak would not be a reasonable explanation to give of nothing’s coming to be without a cause.

Classics and Ancient Civilizations: For we see that in many cases the same thing is the cause both for the things that come to be first and for those that come to be later. And the randomness is ontological, not merely the result of human ignorance. But it is dismissed as mere words by some commentators, Carneadesfor example.

Alexander of Aphrodisias on Fate

Ammonius – – Cornell University Press. On the Soul De anima is a treatise on the soul written along the lines suggested by Aristotle in his own De anima. Noesis Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Wikipedia. As Aristotle sees it, there is little or no leeway, but he holds individuals responsible for their actions because they collaborated in the acquisition of their character EN III, 1—5. Part Two – Knowledge.