Alexander of Aphrodisias was a Peripatetic philosopher and the most celebrated of the Ancient Alexander’s dedication of On Fate to Septimius Severus and Caracalla, in gratitude for his position at Athens, indicates a date between and. Alexander of Aphrodisias’ Ethical Problems R. W. Sharples (Tr.): Alexander of Aphrodisias, Ethical Problems. (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle.) Pp. Alexander of Aphrodisias on Fate: Text, Translation, and Commentary. Alexander (ed.) Alexander of Aphrodisias in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy.

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His Problems and Solutions Quaestionesin three books, are collections of short essays, which were apparently grouped together in different books already in antiquity.

Alexander of Aphrodisias on Fate: Text, Translation, and Commentary

It is unclear whether there had been a genuinely In contribution to this debate before Alexander. Cambridge University Press, 13— The mark will replace all previously earned marks for subtests.

Major Treatises Todd, R. From these points it is obvious to those who want to see the truth and are able [to do so] that, just as not all that has potential exercises it, so not everything that might become a cause either is already a cause or has become one or will become one; indeed, it is not the case that everything that has come to be is at once, in virtue of its being, already the cause of something that will be in the future.

But it is dismissed as mere words by some commentators, Carneadesfor example. Sign in to use this feature. An Alexandrian Platonist Against Dualism: In general, Alexander goes on the assumption that Aristotelian philosophy is a unified whole, providing systematically connected answers to virtually all the questions of philosophy recognized in his own time.


Find it on Scholar. Minor works Sharples, R. Alexander against the Stoics. Sharples6—7, He was a native of Aphrodisias in Cariaand lived and taught in Athens at the beginning of the 3rd century, where he held a position as head of the Peripatetic school. Unfortunately, Alexander does not see that the role of chance is merely to generate these possibilities, creating new causal chains which pf be evaluated for the best choice of action.

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Alexander of Aphrodisias

For causes in the strict sense are followed by what is caused either of necessity, as our opponents think, or for the most part; but causes that are accidental in this way rarely become causes of such things. Fate itself, Nature, and the reason according to which the whole is organised, they assert to be God; it is present in all that is and comes to be, and in this way employs the individual nature of every thing for the organisation of the whole.

This appears to be not very different from the Stoic Chrysippus ‘ idea that one can assent or dissent to an action.

For it does not follow of necessity that, just because Sophroniscus exists, he must therefore be a father and the cause of some one of those after him. If there was not, Alexander clearly filled a significant gap. Class preparation and attendance aalexander required and are conditions for submission of the paper for the resit.

Readers will not always be convinced by his suggestions but they will often find onn helpful and informative where Aristotle is overly compressed and obscure. De Gruyter,pp.

Alexander’s dedication of On Fate to Date Severus and Caracallain gratitude for his position at Athens, indicates a date between and Commentario al De caelo di Aristotele, Frammenti del primo libroAmsterdam: The doctrine of the Master was not the product of an ordinary human mind, subject to trial and error, but a magisterial achievement in a class of its own.

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For many of the things that come to be, because of their falling short in size, either are alexnader roused or perish too early, and so do not succeed in becoming the causes of anything in accordance with the potential that they possess.

Alexander of Aphrodisias (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Alexander of Aphrodisias, on Fate Pierre Thillet: Scholars nowadays continue to make use of his commentaries, not alexanedr for historical reasons but also because his suggestions are often worth considering in their own right. Todd – – Brill. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative.

To say on the one hand, in engaging with their opponents, that these things too are causes, but retreat to the claim that it is not clear of what they are the causes as, indeed, they are often compelled to do in connection with the Providence of which they speak, too is the tactic of those who are trying to find an easy way out of their difficulties.

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