Stoic Themes in Peripatetic Sources?

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This chapter presents a brief preliminary survey of several texts which might suggest a close affinity between the Peripatetic and Stoic doctrines of principles. The goal is to see to what extent these parallels may amount to a genuinely shared position on any of the issues under examination. The discussion starts with the Antiochean account of the physics of `Old Academy' presented in Cicero's Acad. 1. 24-9. Section 2 deals with `physical' fragments of Peripatetic Critolaus; it tries to see whether they could provide any ground for Antiochus' incorporation of Peripatetic physics. The third section deals with the `suspect' cases of Stoicizing in the Peripatetic tradition: Xenarchus' arguments against the fifth body and the use of the concept `prime matter' by Boethus of Sidon and Nicolaus of Damascus. Section 4 looks at some parallel discussions in Alexander of Aphrodisias.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGod and Cosmos in Stoicism
EditorsRicardo Salles
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages36
ISBN (Print)978 0 19 955614 4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Cicero
  • Stoicism
  • Xenarchus
  • old academy
  • Alexander of Aphrodisias
  • Antiochus
  • Stoic themes
  • peripatetic sources
  • Boethus of Sidon
  • Nicolaus of Damascus


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