Katerina Ierodiakonou

Katerina Ierodiakonou
University of Geneva | UNIGE · Department of Philosophy

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Aristotle's On the Soul aims to uncover the principle of life, what Aristotle calls psuchē (soul). For Aristotle, soul is the form which gives life to a body and causes all its living activities, from breathing to thinking. Aristotle develops a general account of all types of living through examining soul's causal powers. The thirteen new essays in...
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Late Stoics and, in particular, Epictetus made ample use of the notion of attention ( prosochê ), which they understood as the soul’s vigilant focus on sense impressions and on the Stoic principles. Attention, in their view, was meant to assist our self-examination and lead to ethical progress. It was thus regarded as a Stoic good and a constitutiv...
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Volume 1 A Cultural History of Color in Antiquity covers the period 3000 BCE to 500 CE. Although the smooth, white marbles of Classical sculpture and architecture lull us into thinking that the color world of the ancient Greeks and Romans was restrained and monochromatic, nothing could be further from the truth. Classical archaeologists are rapidly...
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In paragraphs 5 and 86 of the De sensibus Theophrastus gives a brief report of Plato’s views on the sense of vision and its object, i. e. colour, based on the Timaeus . Interestingly enough, he presents the Platonic doctrine as a third alternative to the extramission and intromission theories put forward by other ancient philosophers. In this artic...
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Byzantine scholars composed, primarily for educational purposes, paraphrases and commentaries on Aristotelian logic and, in particular, on Aristotle’s De interpretatione. Some of these works clearly betray their ancient provenance and others are testimony either to lost ancient traditions or to the Byzantines’ own attempts to make sense of Aristotl...
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Cambridge Core - Ancient Philosophy - Dialectic after Plato and Aristotle - edited by Thomas Bénatouïl
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The aim of this paper is to unravel Aristotle’s reasoning with regard to the ontological status of colours; also, to get a better understanding of his views on the production of the whole spectrum of colours; and finally, to evaluate the explanatory power of his theory of colours. The texts I mainly draw my evidence from is Aristotle’s De sensu 3 a...
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Michael Psellos was one of the most erudite and prolific thinkers of the Byzantine Middle Ages. His works include historical writings; philosophical treatises and commentaries; theological writings; poems; speeches; legal, geographical, military, and medical works; as well as works on music. Psellos taught all branches of philosophy, by closely rea...
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The Triple Life of Ancient Thought Experiments There is no ancient Greek term corresponding to what we nowadays refer to as a thought experiment, and presumably ancient philosophers did not have our modern notion of a thought experiment. But there is no doubt that they did use thought experiments. In fact, they often employed them in ways similar t...
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The section of the first book of Sextus Empiricus’ Against the Physicists which is devoted to the discussion about wholes and parts is the shortest section in this book but deals with an easily recognizable philosophical topic: is a whole just the sum of its parts or is it something more than that? This particular section is the focus of Jonathan B...
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: Byzantine philosophy is an unexplored field and one of the more neglected periods in the history of philosophy. Although Byzantine philosophers often have received credit for transmitting ancient philosophical texts, they have not been studied for their own philosophical merit. In order to make easier the study of Byzantine philosophy, to introdu...
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This article argues that "philosophy" is a tradition which constantly redefines itself, and which, consequently, resists universal definition. Philosophy is, ultimately, whatever philosophers think it is. This discussion suggests that the most reasonable way of dealing with the vagueness of the term "Byzantine philosophy" is to focus on those Byzan...
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This book is a collection of papers to celebrate the life and work of Jonathan Barnes. The papers cover a wide range of topics in ancient epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and logic, with two papers on contemporary issues in logic.
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Philosophy in Byzantium has a wide range of meanings, from eloquence and education to encyclopedic knowledge and the Christian way of life (including martyrdom and the monastic life). Byzantine philosophy underwent distinct phases, beginning with Damaskios and his pupil Simplikios (and his pupils and successors), who provided Byzantine thinkers wit...
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Michael of Ephesus most probably belonged to the twelfth century intellectual circle around Anna Komnene and took part in her project to produce commentaries on Aristotle’s works. His work on Aristotle’s ethics, logic, metaphysics, and biology was instrumental in the revival of Aristotelian studies in Byzantium, but also in the transmission and red...
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John Italos (also Ioannes or Johannes Italos) was one of the most original Byzantine philosophers. A student of Psellos, he taught at the Imperial School of Constantinople and wrote commentaries on Aristotelian logic and treatises on particular topics of logic and metaphysics. He occupies a special place in the history of Byzantine thought for havi...
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Michael Psellos was one of the most erudite and prolific thinkers of the Byzantine Middle Ages. His works include historical writings, philosophical treatises and commentaries, theological writings, poems, speeches, legal, geographical, military, and medical works as well as works on music. Psellos taught all branches of philosophy, by closely read...
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The Byzantine attitude toward the study and use of logic was ambivalent. Although some Byzantine thinkers argued that logic is of no value in the search for true knowledge, and so logical studies should be dismissed, some others treated logic as the preliminary stage of the philosophical curriculum as well as an instrument in defending Christian do...
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Eustratios of Nicaea was an extremely erudite Byzantine scholar who produced commentaries on Aristotle’s ethical and logical treatises. He seems to have belonged to the intellectual circle of Anna Komnene in the 1120s/1130s. His works, in which he followed ancient commentaries, some of which are now lost, but also added his own remarks, were partic...
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Preliminary issues. The study of early Byzantine philosophy raises certain preliminary issues that one needs to bear in mind from the start, for they concern the very definition of this field of scholarly research. It is only sixty years ago, when Basil Tatakis’ La philosophie byzantine (1949) appeared as a supplement in Emile Bréhier's Histoire de...
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Trade-distorting domestic support for agricultural products is among the most contentious issues in the Doha Round. It is not a stretch to assert that disciplining domestic support became the central shared offensive interest among developing countries; it acted as the glue that kept the G20 an active coalition in the negotiations. Although there i...
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The philosopher, according to Epictetus, is God's messenger (angelos), witness (martys), servant (diakonos/hypēretēs), and kinsman (syngenēs). By making full use of their logical reasoning, philosophers are meant to interpret the rational order of the universe and to explain to others what is good and what is evil. Moreover, by applying in everyday...
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This paper presents, in chronological order, the works of Byzantine authors who commented, in one form or another, on Aristotle's Categories, and discusses their historical and philosophical importance. The Byzantine authors from the ninth to the fifteenth century, whose work is here studied, are: Photios, Arethas, Michael Psellos, John Italos, The...
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This paper examines the relevance and importance of the large number of examples which Aristotle uses in his Prior Analytics. In the first part of the paper three preliminary issues are raised: First, it investigates what counts as an example in Aristotle's syllogistic, and especially whether only examples expressed in concrete terms should be cons...
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Medical practice in antiquity was conspicuous for its failures, which seriously challenged medicine's status as an art. Ancient philosophers and doctors tried to explain how a whole group of arts including medicine, the so-called stochastic arts, was characterised by the fact that even the most competent exercise of the art could not guarantee a su...
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L'A. etudie la division tripartite du systeme philosophique des Stoiciens a travers la doxographie de Diogene Laerce, qui souleve le probleme de l'unite des disciplines philosophiques a l'interieur du discours philosophique ainsi divise
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Alexander of Aphrodisias’ commentary on Aristotle’s Prior Analytics discusses in five different passages1 a special type of arguments called “the three-component arguments” (οƖ̔ διὰ τρω̃ών λόγοι), having the form $$ \frac{\begin{gathered} p \to q \hfill \\ q \to r \hfill \\ \end{gathered} }{{\therefore p \to r.}} $$ The same class of arguments is a...

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My PhD thesis concentrates on the concepts of memory (mnêmê) and recollection (anamnêsis) as they appear in the works of the Aristotelian commentators of Late Antiquity and Byzantium, and deals with the following questions: How does memory function? What is the relation between memory and recollection? What is the ontological status of memories?