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Plato and Aristotle in Agreement?Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyry$

George E. Karamanolis

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(p.337) Appendix II List of Works of Platonists on Aristotle's Philosophy

(p.337) Appendix II List of Works of Platonists on Aristotle's Philosophy

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(p.337) Appendix II

List of Works of Platonists on Aristotle's Philosophy

List of Works of Platonists on Aristotle's Philosophy List of Works of Platonists on Aristotle's Philosophy

I append here a list of the works of Platonists up to the time of Porphyry dealing with Aristotle's philosophy. I divide them into three classes: (a) works on the relation between Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy, (b) critical works on Aristotle's philosophy, (c) exegetical ones. Now, given that often the work in question is lost (e.g. Plutarch's works listed), such a distinction appears to rest on shaky grounds. In the cases of Eudorus, Aristo, Nicostratus, Lucius, we do not even know the title of their works, and for this reason we cannot be certain about their nature. Sometimes even the assumption of the existence of an independent treatise is not entirely justified. Some Platonists may have included some comments on this or the other Aristotelian doctrine in one of their treatises with a Platonist subject matter. The objections to Aristotle's Categories by Eudorus and Lucius, for instance, may have been raised in such treatises. Or, to take a different example, we do not know in what form Porphyry made his remarks on Aristotle's ethics, if he did at all. But we do have a picture about the attitude of those Platonists to Aristotelian philosophy and, as I have argued in Ch. 7, s. 9, those who were hostile to Aristotle are very unlikely to have written any kind of exegetical work on an aspect of his philosophy or on an Aristotelian treatise.

The list does not include treatises in which Aristotle's philosophical doctrines do not form the main subject, though they were discussed at some length. Thus I exclude Plotinus' Enneads 6. 1–3 because the critical discussion of the Aristotelian as well as the Stoic categories there serves Plotinus' own exposition on the issue of the classes of being. From the first class of works, with the exception of Atticus' fragments, all works in the list are mere titles to us. From the second class, we have only fragments, while from the third one we possess Porphyry's short commentary on the Categories and fragments from some of his other exegetical works on Aristotle.

A. WORKS ON THE RELATION BETWEEN PLATONIC AND ARISTOTELIAN PHILOSOPHY

Atticus, <πρ ὸ ς τοὺς δι ὰ τ͂ων Ἀ ρ ι στοτέ λου ς τὰ Πλάτων ος ὑπι σχν ου μέ ν ου ς> (ap. Eusebium PE 11. 1, 15. 4–9, 11–13; frs. 1–9 Des Places).

(p.338) Calvenus Taurus, Πϵρ ὶ τ͂ης τ͂ων δογμάτων δι α ϕορ ͂α ς Πλάτων ος κα ὶ Ἀ ρ ι στοτέ λου ς (Suda, s.v. Taurus).

Eubulus, Πϵρ ὶ το͂υ Φ ι λή ϐου κα ὶ το͂υ Гορ γίου κα ὶ τ͂ων ̕ Αρ ι στοτέ λϵι πρ ὸ ς τὴ ν Πλάτων ος Πολι τϵία ἀν τϵι ρ ημέ ν ων (V. Plot. 20. 42).

Porphyry, Πϵρὶ το͂υ μίαν ϵἰ̑ ν α ι τὴ ν Πλάτων ος κα ὶ ̕ Αρ ι στοτέ λου ς α ἵ ρ ϵσι ν ζ΄ (Suda, s.v. Porphyrius).

Porphyry, Πϵρ ὶ δι α στάσϵως Πλάτων ος κα ὶ ̕ Αρ ι στοτέ λου ς < πρ ὸ ς Χ ρ υ σα όρ ι ον > (Elias, In Porphyrii Isagogē 39. 6–7 Busse).

B. CRITICAL WORKS ON ARISTOTLE'S PHILOSOPHY

Eudorus of Alexandria, on Aristotle's Categories (ap. Simplicium, In Cat. 159. 32–3, 174. 14–15, and passim; see Kalbfleisch's Index Nominum, s.v. Eudorus).

Lucius, on Aristotle's Categories, (ap. Simplicium, In Cat. 1. 19 and passim; see Kalbfleisch's Index Nominum, s.v. Lucius).

Nicostratus, on Aristotle's Categories, (ap. Simplicium, In Cat. 1. 20 and passim; see Kalbfleisch's Index Nominum, s.v. Nicostratus).

C. EXEGETICAL WORKS ON ARISTOTLE'S PHILOSOPHY

Aristo of Alexandria [RE 54], on Aristotle's Categories (ap. Simplicium In Cat. 159. 32–3, 188. 31–2, 202. 1–2; fragments in Mariotti 1966: 14–16).

Aristo of Alexandria, on Aristotle's Prior Analytics (ap. Apuleium De interpretatione 193. 16–20 Thomas; fragment in Mariotti 1966: 16–17).

Plutarch, Πϵρ ὶ τ͂ης πέ μπτης οὐ σία ς ϐι ϐλία έ (no. 44 in Lamprias catalogue).

Plutarch, Τ͂ων Ἀ ρ ι στοτέ λου ς Τοπι κ͂ων ϐι ϐλία ή (no. 56 in Lamprias catalogue).

Plutarch, Δι άλϵξι ς πϵρ ὶ τ͂ων δέ κα Κα τηγορ ι ͂ων (no. 192 in Lamprias catalogue).

Porphyry, Εἰ ς τὰ ς Ἀ ρ ι στοτέ λου ς Κα τηγορ ία ς κα τὰ πϵ͂υ σι ν κα ὶ ἀπόκρ ι σι ν, ed. Busse, CAG iv 1.

(p.339) Porphyry, Εἰ σα γωγή, ed. Busse, CAG iv 1.

Porphyry, < Εἰς τὰ Αρ ι στοτέ λου ς Κα τηγορ ία ς > ἐν ἑπτὰ ϐι ϐλίοι ς (fragments in Smith, 45T–74F).

Porphyry, In Aristotelis De interpretatione (fragments in Smith 75T–110T).

Porphyry, Introductio ad syllogismos categoricos (i.e. on Aristotle's Prior Analytics, ap. Boethium, De syllogismo categorico 829D and passim; 111T–114T Smith).

Porphyry, In Aristotelis Sophisticos elenchos (ap. Anonymum Aurelianensem II De Paralogismis; 115F–117F Smith).

Porphyry, In Aristotelis Physica (ap. Simplicium, In Phys. 9. 10–27 and passim; 118T–162T Smith; also in Romano 1985).1

Porphyry, on Aristotle's Metaphysics 12 (ap. Simplicium, In De caelo 503. 22–34. 506. 8–16; 163F–164F Smith).

Porphyry, on Aristotle's ethics (frs. 165F–166F Smith).

Notes:

(1)  A later work in which Aristotle's views are discussed is Proclus' ̕ Επίσκϵψι ς τ͂ων πρ ὸ ς τὸ ν Πλάτων α Τίμα ι ον ὑπ̕ Ἀ ρ ι στοτέ λου ς ἀν τϵι ρ ημέ ν ων (ap. Philoponum, De aet. mundi 31. 7).