• In-depth analysis of Plutarch's anti-Epicurean treatise Adversus Colotem.
    L'Adversus Colotem, composto intorno al 100 d.C., fa parte, insieme al non posse e al de latenter vivendo, della cosiddetta 'trilogia anti-epicurea' di Plutarco. Questo volume analizza l'Adversus Colotem nel suo complesso, approfondendone, in particolar modo, le strategie polemiche, le alleanze filosofiche e le tecniche argomentative. Il libro si articola in quattro capitoli, rispettivamente dedicati: 1) all'analisi della struttura dell'opera; 2) alla ricostruzione, basata sullo studio critico delle fonti antiche (Plutarco, Proclo, Macrobio e i Papiri Ercolanesi), della figura, degli scritti e della filosofia dell'epicureo Colote; 3) all'approfondimento della tesi dell'unità dell'Accademia, così come difesa in quest'opera da Plutarco; 4) all'esame della sezione su Arcesilao (Adv. Col. 1121 E-1123 A) e, in special modo, della teoria dell'azione dell'accademico ivi esposta. Chiude il volume un sommario in lingua inglese.

    The Adversus Colotem, written around 100 A.D., is one of Plutarch's three extant anti-Epicurean treatises. It is a reply to Colotes' otherwise unknown book entitled 'On the fact that according to the doctrines of the other philosophers it is impossible to live'. This volume analyses the Adversus Colotem as a whole and, in particular, explores its polemical target, its philosophical background. and its argumentative strategies. It consists of four chapters, devoted respectively to: 1) the structure of the Adversus Colotem; 2) a critical examination of the ancient sources (Plutarch, Proclus, Macrobius, and the Herculaneum Papyri) concerning Colotes' life, philosophy, and role in the Epicurean tradition; 3) the thesis of the unity of the Academy, as it is defended by Plutarch in the Adversus Colotem; and 4) the analysis of the section on Arcesilaus (Adv. Col. 1121 E-1123 A), which contains Arcesilaus' response to the apraxia charge. An English summary concludes the volume.

  • Essays on erudite versatility in Plutarch's works.
    Plutarch was a brilliant Platonist, an erudite historian, a gifted author of highly polished literary dialogues, a priest of Apollo at Delphi, and a devoted politician in his hometown Chaeronea. He felt confident in the most technical and specialized discussions, yet was not afraid of rhetorical generalizations. In his voluminous oeuvre, he appears as a sharp polemicist and a loving father, an ardent pupil but also a kind, inspiring teacher, a sober historian and a teller of wondrous tales. In view of all these different personae, erudite versatility is without any doubt a major characteristic of Plutarch's works.

    A Versatile Gentleman is dedicated to Luc Van der Stockt, professor emeritus of Greek language and literature at KU Leuven and a truly versatile gentleman. The volume aims to do justice to his and Plutarch's versatility by discussing the Chaeronean from many different angles. As such, it sheds new light on the coherence of, and the tensions in, Plutarch's thinking and writing.

    Contributors:
    Frances B. Titchener (Utah State University), John Dillon (Trinity College Dublin), Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (Universität Bern), Jan Opsomer (KU Leuven), Paola Volpe Cacciatore (Università degli studi di Salerno), Ewen Bowie (Corpus Christi College Oxford), Frederick E. Brenk (Pontifical Biblical Institute Rome), Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham), Christopher Pelling (Christ Church Oxford), Mark Beck (University of South Carolina), Jeffrey Beneker (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Geert Roskam (KU Leuven), Simon Verdegem (KU Leuven), Philip A. Stadter (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Lucia Athanassaki (University of Crete), Heinz Gerd Ingenkamp (Universität Bonn), Delfim F. Leão (Universidade de Coimbra), Aurelio Pérez Jiménez (Universidad de Málaga)

  • Everything in life you thought was true, will become uncertain by reading this manuscript. At the very least it will make you doubt your beliefs. Because of the unusual approach to the issues of life, a new perspective becomes revealed. Life itself is described in all its facets. Everything we know and appreciate as human beings gets revealed in a very sharp-eyed way.
    Are you ready to question every aspect of life you thought was absolutely true?


    Drs. Roxan Linger (sociologist)

  • Durf je alles los te laten en na te denken over het leven, jouw leven, zonder maatschappelijke druk, voorkeuren of vooroordelen?
    Dit manuscript bevat inzichten welke je kunnen helpen in dit proces.

  • The value of Plutarch's perception of physical reality and his attitude towards the natural spectacle.
    Plutarch was very interested in the natural world around him, not only in terms of its elementary composition and physical processes, but also with respect to its providential ordering and marvels. His writings teach us a lot about his perception of physical reality and about his attitude to the natural spectacle. He found his greatest inspiration in the ontological and epistemological framework of Plato's Timaeus, but a wide range of other authors were also of seminal interest to his project. Moreover, the highly literary value of Plutarch's natural philosophical writings should not be underrated.
    It is therefore not surprising that recently scholars have started to reassess the ancient scientific value of Plutarch's natural philosophical writings. Natural Spectaculars aims to give further impetus to this dynamic by treating several aspects of Plutarch's natural philosophy which have remained unexplored up to now.

    Contributors:
    Jan Opsomer (KU Leuven), Suzan Sierksma-Agteres (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Angelo Casanova (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Paola Volpe Cacciatore (Università degli Studi di Salerno), Aldo Setaioli (Università degli Studi di Perugia), Fabio Tanga (Università degli Studi di Salerno), Michiel Meeusen (KU Leuven), Luisa Lesage Gárriga (Universidad de Málaga), Ana Ferreira (Universidade do Porto), Israel Muñoz Gallarte (Universidad de Córdoba), Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Bram Demulder (KU Leuven), Aurelio Pérez Jiménez (Universidad de Málaga), Delfim Ferreira Leão (Universidade de Coimbra)

  • An in-depth analysis of oracular divination in Plutarch's thought.
    Oracular divination was of special concern for Plutarch of Chaeronea (45-120 AD), Platonic philosopher as well as priest at the oracle of Apollo in Delphi. The peculiar nature of Delphic divination as an (im)perfect intermediary between the material and the immaterial world is fathomed in a thorough study of Plutarch's Delphic dialogues. This in-depth philosophical-conceptual analysis will disclose an original interpretation of oracular divination in Plutarch as interconnected with his psychological and cosmological conceptions. A Perfect Medium? reveals the Delphic temple as a crucial element in Plutarch's philosophy, as a microcosm reflecting the cosmic dynamics, and as a symbol embodying the relationship between human thirst for knowledge and divine absolute wisdom.

  • Dit boek is geschreven voor de vele fijngevoelige, wat eigenaardige intellectuelen die in het algemeen genoeg hebben aan zichzelf. Maar onvermijdelijk moeten ze af en toe ook naar buiten, onder de mensen, en dan gaat het vaak mis

    Te veel mens, te weinig dier is een vervolg op Intelligente kinderen. Het is een handreiking aan volwassen intellectuele mensen, een welgemeend laat je niet kisten in de vorm van zogeheten leefadviezen.

  • Hoe willen wij leven?

    Peter Bieri

    Romanschrijver Pascal Mercier werd wereldberoemd met Nachttrein naar Lissabon. Als filosoof schreef hij onder zijn eigen naam Hoe willen wij leven?, waarin hij de vraag stelt die ook in zijn literaire werk voortdurend ter sprake komt: hoe kunnen wij zelf bepalen hoe ons leven zich voltrekt? Centraal daarbij staat voor hem de menselijke waardigheid. Zonder waardigheid kan zelfstandigheid immers niet bestaan. Met deze vraag naar onze autonomie werpt Bieri in Hoe willen wij leven? een nieuw licht op onze zelfkennis en identiteit.

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