Aetiana: The Method and Intellectual Context of a by J. Mansfeld, D. T. Runia
By J. Mansfeld, D. T. Runia
The topic of this research is the Doxography of difficulties in physics from the Presocratics to the early first century BCE attributed to Aetius. half I makes a speciality of the argument of the compendium as an entire, of its books, of its sequences of chapters, and of person chapters, opposed to the heritage of Peripatetic and Stoic method. half II bargains the 1st complete reconstruction in one unified textual content of booklet II, which bargains with the cosmos and the heavenly our bodies. it's in line with large research of the suitable witnesses and contains listings of diverse doxographical-dialectical parallels in different historical writings. This new therapy of the proof supersedes Diels' nonetheless dominant source-critical technique, and should turn out essential for students in historic philosophy.
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P according to Wölﬄin] die Astronomie in einer gedrängten Darstellung gegeben habe’. On brevity as a characteristic of introductory technical writings (or passages) see Diels DG 242 n. 1, Whittaker (1990) xvi n. 10 with reference to the formula ‘clearly and concisely’ (σαφ ς τε κα συντ μως) already found Anaxim. Al. 5, Asper (1998) 311–313, and below, Section 15. In an earlier publication, Mansfeld (1993b) 360–361 n. Hom. 6 K. (Thphr. fr. Op. fr. e. as a compendium of opinions, not of Opinions, and compares the Menoneia, the author of which according to Galen excerpted the doxai of the doctors from the medical treatises that were still accessible to him.
334, and for the concept of a physikê doxa in Arist. Top. 14 below, Section 14. For the explicit exclusion of ethical themes from physics in the proem of the work see below, Section 6. L. ), variously translated in the literature as ‘physical doctrine’, ‘fisica’, ‘Naturphilosophie’, or ‘traité physique’. Al. Strom. 78 says Alcmeon was the first to write a ‘physical treatise’ (φυσικ ς λ γος). For further examples of the formula cf. below, n. 334. For παραδ σειν see below, n. 120. 22 Ad finem of the title Book II has πιτομ ς τ β , Book III ν πιτομ , τ γ , Book V ν πιτομ , τ ε .
31, we now believe that his reference (presumably abridged to avoid repetition) only gives us part of the title. The main argument for attributing the full title to Aëtius is that the words ‘physical doctrines held’ are indispensable, for the mere ‘(views) held’ could include tenets in the field of ethics. In the proem of the treatise Aëtius insists on the distinction between theoretical issues such as those of a physical nature, and practical issues concerned with human conduct. 21 We note, of course, that we do not get a systematic account of natural philosophy in the way of the Timaeus, or Aristotle, or Epicurus, but an undogmatic collection of variously divergent views concerning the topics of natural philosophy; topics which, as we shall see, are presented in a sequential arrangement that invites and bears comparison with the order in which the main representatives of the various schools present the doctrines of their physics.