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Mueller, Ian

Overview
Works: 49 works in 287 publications in 2 languages and 5,988 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator
Classifications: QB41.A73, 160
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Most widely held works by Ian Mueller
On Aristotle on the heavens 1.3-4 by Simplicius Cilicius( )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first English translation of Simplicius "responses to Philoponus" Against Aristotle on the Eternity of the World. The commentary is published in two volumes: Ian Mueller's previous book in the series, Simplicius: On Aristotle On the Heavens 1.2-3, and this book on 1.3-4. Philoponus, the Christian, had argued that Aristotle' arguments do not succeed. For all they show to the contrary, Christianity may be right that the heavens were brought into existence by the only divine being and one moment in time, and will cease to exist at some future moment. Simplicius upholds the pagan view that the heavens are eternal and divine, and argues that their eternity is shown by their astronomical movements coupled with certain principles of Aristotle. Until the launch of this series, the 15,000 volumes of the ancient Greek commentators on Aristotle constituted the largest corpus of Greek philosophical writings which had not been translated into English or other European languages. There are now over 100 volumes in the series."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle On the heavens 1.2-3 by Simplicius( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first complete translation into a modern language of the first part of the pagan Neoplatonist Simplicius of Cilicia's commentary on Aristotle's argument that the world neither came to be nor will perish
On Aristotle's "Prior analytics 1.23-31" by Alexander( )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The other main topic of this part of the Prior Analytics is the specification of a method for discovering true premises needed to prove a given proposition. Aristotle's presentation is sometimes difficult to follow, and Alexander's discussion is extremely helpful to the uninitiated reader. In his commentary on the final chapter translated in this volume, Alexander provides an insightful account of Aristotle's criticism of Plato's method of division."--Jacket
Philosophy of mathematics and deductive structure in Euclid's Elements by Ian Mueller( Book )

20 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of Euclid's Elements, this text provides an understanding of the classical Greek conception of mathematics. It offers a well-rounded perspective, examining similarities to modern views as well as differences. Rather than focusing strictly on historical and mathematical issues, the book examines philosophical, foundational, and logical questions. Although comprehensive in its treatment, this study represents a less cumbersome, more streamlined approach than the classic three-volume reference by Sir Thomas L. Heath (also available from Dover Publications). To make reading easier and to facilitate access to individual analyses and discussions, the author has included helpful appendixes. These list special symbols and additional propositions, along with all of the assumptions and propositions of the Elements and notations of their discussion within this volume. -- from back cover
On Aristotle's "On the heavens 2.10-14" by Simplicius( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The topics covered in this part of Simplicius' commentary on On the Heavens are the speeds and distances of the stars; that the stars are spherical; why the sun and moon have fewer motions that the other five planets; why the sphere of the fixed stars contains so many stars whereas the other heavenly spheres contain no more than one (Simplicius has a long excursus on planetary theory in his commentary on this chapter); discussion of people's views on the position, motion or rest, shape, and size of the earth; and that the earth is a relatively small sphere at rest in the center of the cosmos."--Jacket
Simplicius: on aristotle on the heavens 1.2-3 by Simplicius( )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the arguments in Aristotle's On the Heavens propounds that the world neither came to be nor will perish. This volume contains the pagan Neoplatonist Simplicius of Cilicia's commentary on the first part of this this important work. The commentary is notable and unusual because Simplicius includes in his discussion lengthy representations of the Christian John Philoponus' criticisms of Aristotle along with his own, frequently sarcastic, responses. This is the first complete translation into a modern language of Simplicius' commentary, and is accompanied by a detailed introduction, extensi
Simplicius : on Aristotle on the heavens 1.3-4 by Simplicius( )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first English translation of Simplicius' responses to Philoponus' Against Aristotle on the Eternity of the World. The commentary is published in two volumes: Ian Mueller's previous book in the series, Simplicius: On Aristotle On the Heavens 1.2-3, and this book on 1.3-4. Philoponusthe Christian, had argued that Aristotle's arguments do not succeed. For all they show to the contrary, Christianity may be right that the heavens were brought into existence by the only divine being and one moment in time, and will cease to exist at some future moment. Simplicius upholds the pagan view
On Aristotle's "Prior Analytics 1.32-46" by Alejandro de Afrodisias( )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The last fourteen chapters of Book One of Aristotle's Prior Analytics are concerned with the representation in the formal language of syllogisitc of propositions and arguments expressed in more or less everyday Greek. In his commentary on these chapters, Alexander of Aphrodisias explains some of Aristotle's more opaque assertions and discusses post-Aristotelian ideas in semantics and the philosophy of language. In doing so he provides an unusual insight into the way in which these disciplines developed in the Hellenistic era. He also shows a more sophisticated understanding of these fields than Aristotle himself, while remaining a staunch defender of Aristotle's emphasis on meaning as opposed to the Stoic's concern with verbal formulation."--BOOK JACKET
On Aristotle On the heavens 3.1-7 by Simplicius( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The subject of Aristotle's On the Heavens, Books 3-4, is the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, which exist below the heavens. Book 3, in chapters 1 to 7, frequently criticizes the Presocratic philosophers. Because of this Simplicius' commentary is one of our main sources of quotations of the Presocratics. Mueller's translation gains added importance from its enabling us to see the context which guided Simplicius' selection of Presocratic texts to quote. Simplicius also criticizes the lost commentary of the leading Aristotelian commentator, Alexander, and thereby gives us important information about that work."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle On the heavens 3.7-4.6 by Simplicius( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Commenting on the end of Aristotle On the Heavens Book 3, Simplicius examines Aristotle 's criticisms of Plato's theory of elemental chemistry in the Timaeus. Plato makes the characteristics of the four elements depend on the shapes of component corpuscles and ultimately on the arrangement of the triangles which compose them . Simplicius preserves and criticises the contributions made to the debate in lost works by two other major commentators, Alexander the Aristotelian , and Proclus the Platonist." "In Book 4, Simplicius identifies fifteen objections by Aristotle to Plato's views on weight in the four elements. He finishes Book 4 by elaborating Aristotle's crit icisms of Democritus' theory of weight in the atoms, including Democritus' suggestions about the influence of atomic shape on certain atomic motions." --Book Jacket
On Aristotle Prior analytics 1.8-13 : (with 1.17,36b35-37a31) by Alexandre d'Aphrodisias( )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The commentary of Alexander of Aphrodisias on Aristotle's Prior Analytics 1.8-22 is the main ancient commentary, by the 'greatest' commentator, on the chapters of the Prior Analytics in which Aristotle invented modal logic - the logic of propositions about what is necessary or contingent (possible). In this volume, which covers chapters 1.8-13, Alexander of Aphrodisias reaches the chapter in which Aristotle discusses the notion of contingency. Also included in this volume is Alexander's commentary on that part of Prior Analytics 1.17 which explains the conversion of contingent propositions (the rest of 1.17 is included in the second volume of Mueller's translation). Aristotle also invented the syllogism, a style of argument involving two premises and a conclusion. Modal propositions can be deployed in syllogism, and in the chapters included in this volume Aristotle discusses syllogisms consisting of two necessary propositions as well as the more controversial ones containing one necessary and one non-modal premiss. The discussion of syllogisms containing contingent propositions is reserved for Volume 2. In each volume, Ian Mueller provides a comprehensive explanation of Alexander's commentary on modal logic as a whole."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle's "On the heavens 2.1-9" by Simplicius( )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle believed that the outermost stars are carried around us on a transparent sphere. In the Aristotelian view, there are directions in the universe and a preferred direction of rotation. The sun, moon, and planets are carried on different revolving spheres. The spheres and celestial bodies are composed of an everlasting fifth element, which can be destroyed by none of the ordinary contrary properties like heat and cold. It is able only to rotate in a uniform manner. This creates problems as to how the heavenly bodies create light and, in the case of the sun, heat." "The main value of Simplicius' commentary to On the Heavens 2.1-9 arises from its preservation of the lost comments of Alexander and of the controversy between Alexander and Simplicius. The two of them discuss not only the problem mentioned, but also whether soul and nature move the spheres as two distinct forces or as one. Alexander appears to have simplified Aristotle's system of fifty-five spheres down to seven, and some hints may be gleaned as to whether, simplifying further, he thinks there are seven ultimate movers or only one."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "Prior analytics" by Alexander( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peri tōn mathēmatōn( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Aristotle Prior analytics 1.14-22 by Alexander( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9 by Simplicius( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simplicius' greatest contribution in his commentary on Aristotle on 'Physics' 1.5-9 lies in his treatment of matter. He starts with a valuable elucidation of what Aristotle means by 'principle' and 'element' in 'Physics'. Simplicius' own conception of matter is of a quantity that is utterly diffuse because of its extreme distance from its source, the Neoplatonic One, and he tries to find this conception both in Plato's account of space and in a stray remark of Aristotle's. Finally, he rejects the Manichaean view that matter is evil and answers a Christian objection that to make matter imperishable is to put it on a level with God"--Publisher's description, p. [2] of dust jacket
Coping with mathematics (the Greek way) by Ian Mueller( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander of Aphrodisias on Aristotle 'Prior analytics' 1.32-46 by Alexander( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last 14 chapters of book 1 of Aristotle's ""Prior Analytics"" are concerned with the representation in the formal language of syllogistic of propositions and arguments expressed in more or less everyday Greek. In his commentary on those chapters, ""Alexander of Aphrodisias"" explains some of Aristotle's more opaque assertions and discusses post-Aristotelian ideas in semantics and the philosophy of language. In doing so he provides an unusual insight into the way in which these disciplines developed in the Hellenistic era. He also shows a more sophisticated understanding of these fields tha
Simplicius : on Aristotle on the heavens 3.1-7 by Simplicius( )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subject of Aristotle's On the Heavens, Books 3-4, is the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, which exist below the heavens. Book 3, in chapters 1 to 7, frequently criticizes the Presocratic philosophers. Because of this, Simplicius' commentary is one of our main sources of quotations of the Presocratics. Ian Mueller's translation of this commentary gains added importance by enabling us to see the context which guided Simplicius' selection of Presocratic texts to quote. Simplicius also criticizes the lost commentary of the leading Aristotelian commentator, Alexander, and thereby g
On Aristotle Prior analytics by Alexander( )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Philosophy of mathematics and deductive structure in Euclid's Elements
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On Aristotle's "Prior analytics 1.23-31"Philosophy of mathematics and deductive structure in Euclid's ElementsOn Aristotle's "On the heavens 2.10-14"Simplicius: on aristotle on the heavens 1.2-3On Aristotle's "Prior Analytics 1.32-46"On Aristotle On the heavens 3.1-7On Aristotle On the heavens 3.7-4.6On Aristotle Prior analytics 1.8-13 : (with 1.17,36b35-37a31)
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Ian Mueller born:1938-02-05 ied:2010-08-06 Mueller, Ian; Mueller, Ian (1938- ).

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