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Plutarch Against Colotes: A Lesson in History of Philosophy

Eleni Kechagia


Plutarch's philosophical work remained largely in the shadow of his celebrated Lives, partly because it was often dubbed ‘popular philosophy’, and partly because it was thought to be lacking in originality. This book contributes to the ‘rehabilitation’ of Plutarch as a serious philosopher by discussing his work as a teacher, interpreter, and, eventually, historian of philosophy. It offers a critical analysis of Plutarch's anti-Epicurean treatise Against Colotes — a unique text that is rich in philosophical material and has been widely used as a source for ancient Greek philosophy but has not b ... More

Keywords: Against Colotes, critical analysis, Epicurean arguments, historian of philosophy, originality, Plutarch, rehabilitation, teacher of philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199597239
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eleni Kechagia, author
Member of the Classics Faculty, University of Oxford