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Plato and Aristotle in Agreement?Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyry$
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George E. Karamanolis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199264562.001.0001

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Porphyry

Porphyry

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(p.243) 7 Porphyry
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Plato and Aristotle in Agreement?
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George E. Karamanolis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199264562.003.0008

Porphyry was much more involved in the study of Aristotle’s work than any other Platonist before him. It is shown that Porphyry criticized Aristotle, but he also considered him to have agreed with Plato in all crucial philosophical issues in physics, psychology, ethics, and metaphysics. Porphyry did not deny that Aristotle sometimes contradicted Plato. What he denied was that these contradictions undermined their essential accord. In Porphyry’s view, most of Aristotle’s disagreements with Plato can be reduced either to difference in perspective, or to Aristotle’s misunderstandings of Plato, or to misunderstandings of Aristotle by later interpreters.

Keywords:   Porphyry, metaphysics, psychology, physics, ethics, commentary

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