Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy
Edited by S. Weisser and N. Thaler (Brill: 2016).
Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy brings together papers written by specialists in the field of ancient philosophy on the topic of polemics. Despite the central role played by polemics in ancient philosophy, the forms and mechanisms of philosophical polemics are not usually the subject of systematic scholarly attention. The present volume seeks to shed new light on familiar texts by approaching them from this neglected angle. The contributions address questions such as: What is the role of polemic in a philosophical discourse? What were the polemical strategies developed by ancient philosophers? To what extent did polemics contribute to the shaping of important philosophical doctrines or standpoint?
(Text by the organizers)
Introduction, Sharon Weisser and Naly Thaler
The Continuation of Philosophy by Other Means?, André Laks
The Young Dogs of Eristic: Dialectic and Eristic in the Early Academy, Christopher Shields
A Hidden Argument in Plato’s Theaetetus, Naly Thaler
Polemical Arguments about Pleasure: The Controversy within and around the Academy, Charlotte Murgier
The Politics of Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s Republic, Jozef Müller
Cyrenaics and Epicureans on Pleasure and the Good Life: The Original Debate and Its Later Revivals, Voula Tsouna
Polemics in Translation: Lucretius, Daniel Marković
The Perfidious Strategy; or, the Platonists against Stoicism, Mauro Bonazzi
Vehementia: A Rhetorical Basis of Polemics in Roman Philosophy, Carlos Lévy
The Art of Quotation: Plutarch and Galen against Chrysippus, Sharon Weisser
The Invisible Adversary: Anti-Christian Polemic in Proclus’s Commentary on the Republic of Plato, Robert Lamberton