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Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A–245E
Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A–245E

Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A–245E

Michael Share, Dirk Baltzly
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Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A–245E

Michael Share, Dirk Baltzly
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This commentary records, through notes taken by Hermias, Syrianus' seminar on Plato's Phaedrus, one of the world's most influential celebrations of erotic beauty and love. It is the only Neoplatonic commentary on Plato's Phaedrus to have survived in its entirety. Further interest comes from the recorded interventions by Syrianus' pupils - including those by Proclus, his eventual successor as head of the Athenian school, who went on to teach Hermias' father, Ammonius. The first of two volumes of Hermias' commentary, the chapters translated here discuss the argument that the soul can be proved immortal as being the self-moving source of eternal motion. Aristotle explicitly disagreed with Plato on this treatment of the soul and Syrianus, having previously (in a commentary on the Metaphysics ) criticised Aristotle severely when he disagreed with Plato, feels obliged here, too, to address the apparent disagreement. This new translation is thus vital for understanding Syrianus' attitude to Aristotle.

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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Year
2018
ISBN
9781350051898
Topic
Philosophy
Subtopic
Ancient & Classical Philosophy
Edition
1

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