83 - Not Written in Stone: Alexander of Aphrodisias

Posted on 3 June 2012

Alexander of Aphrodisias writes the greatest ancient commentaries on Aristotle and tries to demolish the Stoic teaching on fate.

Further Reading

Numerous commentaries by Alexander have been translated into English in the Ancient Commentators Project.

 • D. Frede, “The Dramatization of Determinism: Alexander of Aphrodisias’ De Fato,” Phronesis 27 (1982), 276-98.

• M. Rashed, Essentialisme: Alexandre d'Aphrodise entre logique, physique et cosmologie (Berlin: 2007). [See also discussion of this book by I. Kupreeva in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 38 (2010).]

• R.W. Sharples (trans.), Alexander of Aphrodisias: On Fate (London: 1983).

• R.W. Sharples, “Alexander of Aphrodisias: Scholasticism and Innovation,” Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt (Berlin: 1987), 1176-1243.

• R.W. Sharples, “Implications of the New Alexander of Aphrodisias Inscription,” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 48 (2005), 47-56.

• M. Tweedale, “Alexander of Aphrodisias' views on universals,” Phronesis 29 (1984), 279-303.

 Stanford Encyclopedia: Alexander of Aphrodisias


Yannick Kilberger 10 June 2012

Don't go offline just like that! I had planned a sunday evening of philosophical podcasts and thanks to you I actually had to read philosophy. READ! I hope this new episode is up to the usual standard, the best that is!

Peter Adamson 11 June 2012

In reply to by Yannick Kilberger

That actually sounds like a rationale for going offline occasionally, to send people to the books! But seriously, I hope you enjoyed the new one.

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