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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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Industrious Jack

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(p.114) Chapter Thirteen Industrious Jack
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter first discusses John Philoponus’ book Against Proclus. Working through each of Proclus’ 18 arguments, Philoponus demonstrates, through close philosophical analysis, that in no case do Proclus’ conclusions follow from his premises. There is only one premise that he cannot accept, even for the sake of argument, and that is the dogma that Plato and Aristotle never disagree. The chapter then turns to Simplicius the Cicilian’s life in exile, when he produced his great commentaries on Aristotle in which he included the attack on his fellow pupil, Philoponus. Simplicius announces his forthcoming assault in the prologue to his commentary on Aristotle’s De Caelo (On the Heavens).

Keywords:   John Philoponus, Against Proclus, Plato, Aristotle, Simplicius the Cicilian

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