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Syrianus On Aristotle Metaphysics 3-4 by Dominic J. O'Meara

Syrianus On Aristotle Metaphysics 3-4

Part of the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series


Syrianus On Aristotle Metaphysics 3-4 by Dominic J. O'Meara

Syrianus, originally from Alexandria, moved to Athens and became the head of the Academy there after the death of Plutarch of Athens. In discussing Aristotle's 'Metaphysics' 3-4 , shows how metaphysics, as a philosophical science, was conceived by the Neoplatonic philosopher of Late Antiquity. The questions raised by Aristotle in Metaphysics 3 as to the scope of metaphysics are answered by Syrianus, who also criticizes the alternative answers explored by Aristotle.In presenting Metaphysics 4, Syrianus explains in what sense metaphysics deals with 'being as being' and how this includes the essential attributes of being (unity/multiplicity, sameness/difference, etc.), showing also that it comes within the scope of metaphysics to deal with the primary axioms of scientific thought, in particular the Principle of Non-Contradiction, for which Syrianus provides arguments additional to those developed by Aristotle. Syrianus thus reveals how Aristotelian metaphysics was formalized and transformed by a philosophy which found its deepest roots in Pythagoras and Plato.


'A massive scholarly achievement of the highest importance'
The Times

About the Author

Dominic O'Meara is Professor of Philosophy, University of Fribourg. John Dillon is Regius Professor Emeritus of Greek, Trinity College, Dublin

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Publication date

21st August 2008


Dominic J. O'Meara

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Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


192 pages


Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500



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