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Dexippus: On Aristotle Categories by John Dillon

Dexippus: On Aristotle Categories

Part of the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series


Dexippus: On Aristotle Categories by John Dillon

Dexippus, a pupil or follower of lamblichus, preserves a crucial moment in the Neoplatonist interpretation of Aristotle. Aristotle's Categories has been attacked by Plotinus, but Porphyry's defence proved decisive, so that the Categories was acceptable as compatible with Platonism and an essential introduction to the Neoplatonist curriculum. Porphyry's main commentary on the Categories, however, containing the vital defence, is lost, as is that of his pupil lamblichus. The ideas of these two principal Neoplatonists can be reconstructed, in part, from Dexippus.

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John Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin.

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Publication date

18th January 2013


John Dillon

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Bloomsbury Academic an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


155 pages


Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500



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