Aristotle and Other Platonists by Lloyd P. Gerson

By Lloyd P. Gerson

"Aristotle as opposed to Plato. for a very long time that's the attitude from which the story has been informed, in textbooks at the background of philosophy and to college scholars. Aristotle's philosophy, so the tale is going, was once au fond towards Plato's. however it was once no longer continuously thus."—from the Introduction

In a wide-ranging publication prone to reason controversy, Lloyd P. Gerson units out the case for the "harmony" of Platonism and Aristotelianism, the normal view in overdue antiquity. He goals to teach that the twentieth-century view that Aristotle began as a Platonist and ended up as an anti-Platonist is heavily flawed.

Gerson examines the Neoplatonic commentators on Aristotle in keeping with their precept of concord. In contemplating historical reviews of Aristotle's different types, Physics, De Anima, Metaphysics, and Nicomachean Ethics, the writer indicates how the main of concord permits us to appreciate quite a few texts that another way seem intractable. Gerson additionally explains how those "esoteric" treatises could be visible to not clash with the early "exoteric" and albeit Platonic dialogues of Aristotle. Aristotle and different Platonists concludes with an overview of a few of the philosophical result of acknowledging harmony.

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