Welcome to the Wide World of Articles in Ancient Philosophy, Where the Excitement of Intellectual Discovery Awaits!
This developing website has a twofold purpose: to both review existing philosophical articles, such as those concerning Plato’s Forms (see site Menu) and serve as a ground for original essays and translations. Eventually, the site aspires to become a knowledge bank, especially for the furthering of the knowledge and understanding of ancient philosophy. In particular, it is hoped that by reviewing existing articles, some of which are in the public domain and some are not, better access can be attained to the vast knowledge collected in academic philosophical journals and made accessible to students who might want to research a particular topic across a spectrum of quality articles.
To that end, an original publication of a Reader’s Guide to the early books of Plato’s Republic has also been presented here, as well as the wealth of knowledge contained in first ever translation of Zabarella’s treatise on the Aristotelian agent intellect, the Liber de Mente Agente. The content of this original translation is especially rich since Zabarella had access to and possessed expert knowledge of the entire commentary tradition up to his own time, including the early Greek commentators, (e.g. Alexander of Aphrodisias, and Themistius), the Arabic commentators (e.g. Ibn Sina (Avicenna) and Ibn Rushd (Averroes of Cordoba)), the medieval commentators (e.g. Aquinas and Scotus), as well as such Rennaissance commentators as Jean of Jandun, Pietro Pomponazzi, Agostino Nifo, and John Baconthorpe. As many of the renaissance commentators possessed an excellent knowledge of the Arabic commentators, particularly Averroes, they may be of particular interest to those interested in medieval Arabic philosophy. To begin researching, simply consult the menu.
The following are some links the user may find helpful:
The corpus Aristotelicum in Greek (tlg): http://stephanus.tlg.uci.edu/Iris/demo/browser.jsp#doc=tlg&aid=0086&wid=002&st=0&l=20
Zabarella’s De Rebus Naturalibus, a collection of treatises on the soul and natural world together with a commentary on Aristotle’s De Anima: https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_BPrAv9QILrAC
The greek text of Themistius’ paraphrases of the De Anima, Posterior Analytics, Physics, and others: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=f016BUW9o78C&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PP1 The Greek Text of
Simplicius’ Commentary on the De Anima (includes Greek text of select passages Aristotle’s De Anima) [pdf download]: https://ia800502.us.archive.org/9/items/simpliciiinlibro11simp/simpliciiinlibro11simp.pdf
An edited version of Averroes Long Commentary on the De Anima: http://www.themedievalacademyblog.org/pdfs/Crawford_0059_BkmrkdPDF.pdf