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Essays in Honour of Denis O'Brien

ISBN 9781138262959
Published October 6, 2017 by Routledge
358 Pages

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Book Description

Agonistes comprises a collection of essays presented by his friends and colleagues to Denis O'Brien, former Directeur de recherché at the Centre Nationale de Recherché Scientifique, representing the full range of his scholarly interests in the field of ancient philosophy, from the Presocratics, through Plato, Aristotle and Hellenistic philosophy, to Plotinus and later Neoplatonism. The honorand himself leads off with a stimulating Apologia, sketching the development of his scholarly interests and dwelling on the issues that have chiefly concerned him. The contributions then follow in chronological order, under four headings: I From the Presocratics to Plato (Frère, Brancacci); II From Plato to the Stoics (Brisson, Casertano, Dixsaut, Kühn, McCabe, Narcy, Rowe, Goulet); III Plotinus and the Neoplatonist Tradition (O'Meara, Sakonji, Gersh, Steel, Dillon, Smith); IV Saint Augustine and After (Pépin, Rist, Brague/Freudenthal). They comprise a significant representation of the most distinguished scholars both on the continent and in the British Isles, and fairly represent the wide influence which Denis O'Brien has had on his contemporaries. The volume includes also a full bibliography of O'Brien's works.

Table of Contents

Contents: Apologia pro vita sua, Denis O'Brien; Bibliographie; Preface, John Dillon; Introduction, Monique Dixsaut. From the Presocratics to Plato: Les dieux d'Élée et d'Agrigente, Jean Frère; Les tropoi de Damon, Aldo Bancacci. From Plato to the Stoics: Un monde abandonné à lui-même, Luc Brisson; Sollevare in alto gli occhi dell'anima: qualche riflessione su un'immagine platonica, Giovanni Casertano; Réfutation et dialectique, Monique Dixsaut; La forme du bien, principe de motivation ou de savoir, Wilfried Kühn; Does your Plato bite? Mary Margaret McCabe; Opinion et jugement dans le Théétète de Platon, Michel Narcy; Hommes et monstres: Platon et Socrate parlent de la nature humaine, Christopher J. Rowe; Les principes stoïciens sont-ils des corps ou sont-ils incorporels? Richard Goulet. Plotinus and the Neoplatonist Tradition: The metaphysics of evil in Plotinus: problems and solutions, Dominic J. O'Meara; On evil: some comments on Dr O'Brien's interpretation, Sachiko Sakonji; Plotinus on harmonia. Musical metaphors and their uses in the Enneads, Stephen Gersh; Le jugement de Proclus sur le style du Parménide, Carlos Steel; Empedocles' cosmic cycle in the later Platonist tradition, John Dillon; More Neoplatonic ethics, Andrew Smith. Saint Augustine and After: Saint Augustin et l'inhabitation des idées en Dieu, Jean Pépin; A case of spiritual fornication: casting pears to real swine, John Rist; Ni Empédocle, ni Plotin. Pour le dossier du pseudo-Empédocle arabe, Rémi Brague et Gad Freudenthal. Index nominum.

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John Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Monique Dixsaut is Professeur émérite à l'université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, France.