Item description for Theophrastus Against the Presocratics and Plato: Peripatetic Dialectic in the De Sensibus (Philosophia Antiqua) by Han Baltussen...
An interpretation of Theophrastus' "De Sensibus", a treatise unique in content and method, as it reports and criticizes the theories of sense perception of the Presocratics and Plato. Most of the material on the Presocratics is found nowhere else, which explains why many passages can be found scattered over the "Fragmente der Vorsokratiker". As an antidote to this fragmented approach the Presocratics are here studied in context, a text informed by a distinctly Peripatetic perspective. The analysis of the reports and (long-neglected) criticisms of Plato (chapter 4) and the Presocratics (chapter 5) offers insights into Theophrastus' exegetical procedure by using Peripatetic dialectic as a heuristic tool. The Epilogue outlines some implications for the role of the treatise in the doxographical tradition.
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Han Baltussen is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Thought at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the author of "Theophrastus Against the Presocratics and Plato: Peripatetic Dialectic in the De sensibus" (2000).