Theophrastean Studies: On Natural Science, Physics and Metaphysics, Ethics, Religion and Rhetoric, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Theophrastean Studies

On Natural Science, Physics and Metaphysics, Ethics, Religion and Rhetoric, 1st Edition

By William Fortenbaugh


384 pages

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Hardback: 9780887381713
pub: 1988-07-31
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This third volume in the Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities is closely related to Volume 2, Theophrastus of Eresus, in that it too reflects a new and growing international interest in Aristotle's successor as Head of the Peripatos. Seventeen scholars from six countries are contributors. Special attention is given to Theophrastus' work on natural science, in particular the surviving treatises On Smells, On Stones and On Fire. His ground breaking studies in botany are also brought to the foreground as is his role as a prototype ecologist. Theophrastus'physics and metaphysics are considered from various angles: his analysis of place, the character of his short work on metaphysics and this work's relationship to the larger Aristotelian treatise. In keeping with Theophrastus' almost universal interests, there are also contributions dealing with ethics, relegion, and rhetoric

About the Series

Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities


Han Baltussen, University of Adelaide, Australia

David Mirhady, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Stephen A. White, University of Texas at Austin, USA


This series, often referred to by the acronym RUSCH, grew out of Project Theophrastus, an international undertaking, whose purpose has been to collect, edit and comment on the surviving works and fragments of Theophrastus of Eresus, Aristotle’s pupil and successor as head of the Peripatetic School. To foster this endeavor a series of conferences were established that focused on subjects relevant to Theophrastus. The proceedings of these conferences were deemed worthwhile in their own right and under the direction of Professor William Fortenbaugh were published as volumes of RUSCH. Initially the volumes were closely related to work on Theophrastus, but in time the focus widened to included Theophrastus’ colleagues and successors in the Peripatos. Currently the volumes collect and edit the relevant texts, offer an English translation, and provide discussion of important issues. They contribute to our knowledge of philosophic developments within the Hellenistic Period, when the Academy and the Peripatos were challenged by the founding of new schools including the Stoics and the Epicureans.

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PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical