By Michael J. Griffin

This quantity stories the foundation and evolution of philosophical curiosity in Aristotle's different types. After centuries of forget, the types grew to become the point of interest of philosophical dialogue within the first century BCE, and used to be accordingly followed because the uncomplicated introductory textbook for philosophy within the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions.

In this examine, Michael Griffin builds on previous paintings to reconstruct the fragments of the earliest commentaries at the treatise, and illuminates the earliest arguments for Aristotle's method of good judgment because the origin of upper schooling. Griffin argues that Andronicus of Rhodes performed a serious function within the different types' upward thrust to prominence, and that his motivations for curiosity within the textual content could be recovered. the amount additionally tracks Platonic and Stoic debate over the Categories,
and indicates purposes for its adoption into the mainstream of either schools.

Covering the interval from the 1st century BCE to the 3rd century CE, the amount specializes in person philosophers whose perspectives might be recovered from later, more often than not Neoplatonic resources, together with Andronicus of Rhodes, Eudorus of Alexandria, Pseudo-Archytas, Lucius, Nicostratus, Athenodorus, and Cornutus.

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