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Simplicius on the Planets and Their Motions : In Defense of a Heresy - Alan C. Bowen

Simplicius on the Planets and Their Motions

In Defense of a Heresy

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Though the digression closing Simplicius' commentary on Aristotle's De caelo 2.12 has long been misread as a history of early Greek planetary theory, it is in fact a creative reading of Aristotle to maintain the authority of the De caelo as a sacred text in Late Platonism and to refute the polemic mounted by the Christian, John Philoponus. This book shows that the critical question forced on Simplicius was whether his school's acceptance of Ptolemy's planetary hypotheses entailed a rejection of Aristotle's argument that the heavens are made of a special matter that moves by nature in a circle about the center of the cosmos and, thus, a repudiation of the thesis that the cosmos is uncreated and everlasting.

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"This book is a careful study of Simplicius' In de caelo 2.10-12 in the context of challenges to late-ancient Platonism raised by John Philoponus. It will be valuable to scholars interested in the efforts of the Athenian Platonists to create a synthesis of the thought of Plato, Aristotle and Ptolemy, in the history of ancient Greek astronomy and its sources, and in the historiography of early science." Nathan Sidoli, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.03.62.

Preface; Acknowledgments; Conventions; List of Figures; The Argument; Introduction; 1. The Heresy of Non-Homocentric Aetherial Motion; 2. The Heretical Rejection of All Hypotheses; 3. Simplicius, the Apologist; 4. Simplicius, the Historian; 5. Conclusion; Translation; In de caelo 2.10 The proportionality of the planetary speeds; In de caelo 2.11 The sphericity of the wandering stars; In de caelo 2.12 The proportionality of the planetary motions; Figures; Comments; In de caelo 2.10; In de caelo 2.11; In de caelo 2.12; Bibliography; Index of Passages; Passages in I.G. Kidd 1988-1999, vol.1; Index of Names; Index of Subjects

ISBN: 9789004227088
ISBN-10: 9004227083
Series: Philosophia Antiqua
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 30th March 2013
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68