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Simplicius of Cilicia

Works: 335 works in 1,692 publications in 4 languages and 20,375 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Annotator, cnm, Editor, Commentator for written text, Commentator, Author of introduction, Creator, Translator, Other
Classifications: Q151.A8, 530
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On Aristotle's "Categories 7-8" by Simplicius( Book )

69 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his discussion of Quality, Aristotle reports a debate on whether justice admits of degrees, or whether only the possession of justice does so. Simplicius reports the further development of this controversy in terms of whether justice admits a range or latitude (platos). This debate helped to inspire the medieval idea of latitude of forms, which thus goes back much further than is commonly recognized - at least as far in the past as Plato and Aristotle."--Jacket
Simplicius on Aristotle's Physics 6 by Simplicius( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book Six of Aristotle's Physics, which concerns the continuum, shows Aristotle at his best. It contains his attack on atomism which forced subsequent Greek and Islamic atomists to reshape their views entirely. It also elaborates Zeno's paradoxes of motion and the famous paradoxes of stopping and starting. This is the first translation into any modern language of Simplicius' commentary on Book Six. Simplicius, the greatest ancient authority on Aristotle's Physics whose works have survived to the present, lived in the sixth century A.D. He produced detailed commentaries on several of Aristotle's works. Those on the Physics, which alone come to over 1300 pages in the original Greek, preserve not only a centuries-old tradition of ancient scholarship on Aristotle but also fragments of lost works by other thinkers, including both the Presocratic philosophers and such Aristotalians as Eudemus, Theophrastus and Alexander. The Physics contains some of Aristotle's best and most enduring work, and Simplicius' commentaries are essential to an understanding of it. This volume makes the commentary on Book Six accessible at last to all scholars, whether or not they know classical Greek. It will be indispensible for students of classical philosophy, and especially of Aristotle, as well as for those interested in philosophical thought of late antiquity. It will also be welcomed by students of the history of ideas and philosophers interested in problem mathematics and motion."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle's Physics 2 by Simplicius( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book 2 of the Physics is arguably the best introduction to Aristotle's ideas. It defines nature and distinguishes natural science from mathematics. Book 2 introduces the seminal idea of four causes, or four modes of explanation. It defines chance, but rejects a theory of chance and natural selection in favour of purpose in nature. To these riches Simplicius, writing in the sixth century A.D., adds his own considerable contribution. Seeing Aristotle's God as a creator, he discusses how nature relates to soul, adds Stoic and Neoplatonist causes to Aristotle's list of four, and questions the likeness of cause to effect. He discusses missing a great evil or a great good by a hairsbreadth and considers whether animals act from reason or natural instinct. He also preserves a Posidonian discussion of mathematical astronomy."--Publisher description
On Aristotle's Physics 7 by Simplicius( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book 7 of Aristotle's Physics - once regarded as merely an undeveloped early version of Book 8 - has recently attracted renewed interest. Differences of opinion concerning its importance are as old as Aristotle's text, and Simplicius' commentary, written in the sixth century A.D., is an indispensable tool for understanding Book 7. Charles Hagen here gives the English reader access to this commentary for the first time." "Among the most important aspects of the commentary are Simplicius' explanation of the interconnections among the chapters of Book 7 and his references to a more extensive second version of Aristotle's text than the one that survives today. Acknowledging that Book 8 offers a more precise discussion of the subject covered in Book 7, the case for a prime mover, Simplicius both identifies ways in which Book 7 reveals Aristotle's acumen and clarifies its relationship to the other books in the Physics."--BOOK JACKET
Corollaries on place and time by Simplicius( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is there such a thing as three-dimensional space? Is space inert or dynamic? Is the division of time into past, present and future real? Does the whole of time exist all at once? Does it progress smoothly or by discontinuous leaps? Simplicius surveys ideas about place and time from the preceding thousand years of Greek Philosophy and reveals the extraordinary ingenuity of the late Neoplatonist theories, which he regards as marking a substantial advance on all previous ideas."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle's Physics 5 by Simplicius( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simplicius, the greatest surviving ancient authority on Aristotle's Physics, lived in the sixth century A.D. He produced detailed commentaries on several of Aristotle's works. Those on the Physics, which alone come to over 1,300 pages in the original Greek, preserve a centuries-old tradition of ancient scholarship on Aristotle. In Physics Book 5 Aristotle lays down some of the principles of his dynamics and theory of change. What does not count as a change: change of relation? the flux of time? There is no change of change, yet acceleration is recognised. Aristotle defines 'continuous', 'contact', and 'next', and uses these definitions in discussing when we can claim that the same change or event is still going on."--Publisher description
On Aristotle's "Categories 9-15" by Simplicius( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is one in a series of translations with introductions, copius notes and comprehensive indexes. It fills an important gap in the history of European thought
On Aristotle's "On the Soul 3.1-5" by Simplicius( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In On the Soul 3. 1-5, Aristotle goes beyond the five senses to the general functions of sense perception, the imagination and the so-called active intellect, the identity of which was still a matter of controversy in the time of Thomas Aquinas." "In his commentary on Aristotle's text, 'Simplicius' insists that the intellect in question is not something transcendental, but the human rational soul. He denies both Plotinus' view that a part of the soul has never descended from uninterrupted contemplation of the Platonic Forms, and Proclus' view that the soul cannot be changed in its substance through embodiment." "Addressing the vexed question of authorship, H.J. Blumenthal concludes that the commentary was written neither by Simplicius nor Priscian. In a novel interpretation, he suggests that if Priscian had any hand in this commentary, it might have been as editor of notes from Simplicius' lectures."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "Categories 5-6" by Simplicius( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chapters 5 and 6 of Aristotle's Categories describe his first two categories, Substance and Quantity. It is usually thought that Plotinus attacked Aristotle's Categories, but that Porphyry and Iamblichus restored it to the curriculum once and for all. However, Frans de Haas stresses that Porphyry drew much of his defense of Aristotle from Plotinus' critical discussion."
On Aristotle's "Physics 8.6-10" by Simplicius( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle's Physics is about the causes of motion and culminates in a proof that God is needed as the ultimate cause of motion. Aristotle argues that things in motion need to be moved by something other than themselves - he rejects Plato's self-movers. On pain of regress, there must be an unmoved mover. If this unmoved mover is to cause motion eternally, it needs infinite power. It cannot, then, be a body, since bodies, being of finite size, cannot house infinite power. The unmoved mover is therefore an incorporeal God." "Simplicius reveals that his teacher, Ammonius, harmonized Aristotle with Plato to counter Christian charges of pagan disagreement, by making Aristotle's God a cause not only of beginningless movement, but also of beginningless existence of the universe. Eternal existence, no less than eternal motion, calls for an infinite, and hence incorporeal, force. This anti-Christian interpretation turned Aristotle's God from a thinker into a certain kind of Creator, and so helped to make Aristotle's God acceptable to Saint Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century."--Jacket
On Epictetus' "Handbook 1-26" by Simplicius( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Aristotle's "On the heavens 2.1-9" by Simplicius( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle believed that the outermost stars are carried round us on a transparent sphere. 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 has none of the ordinary contrary properties like heat and cold which could destroy it, but only the facility for uniform rotation. But this creates problems as to how the heavenly bodies create light, and, in the case of the sun, heat. The value of Simplicius' commentary on On the Heavens 2, 1-9 lies partly in its preserving the lost comments of Alexander and in Simplicius' controversy with him. 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 55 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."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle On the heavens 1.2-3 by Simplicius( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 123 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 Physics 1.5-9 by Simplicius( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simplicius' greatest contribution in his commentary on Aristotle on Physics 1.5-9 lies in his treatment of matter. The sixth-century philosopher 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, Simplicius rejects the Manichaean view that matter is evil and answers a Christian object
Simplikios, Über die Zeit : ein Kommentar zum Corollarium de tempore by Erwin Sonderegger( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simplicius on the planets and their motions : in defense of a heresy by Simplicius( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though the digression closing Simplicius' commentary on Aristotle's De caelo 2.12 has long been misread as a history of early Greek planetary theory, it is in fact a creative reading of Aristotle to maintain the authority of the De caelo as a sacred text in Late Platonism and to refute the polemic mounted by the Christian, John Philoponus. This book shows that the critical question forced on Simplicius was whether his school's acceptance of Ptolemy's planetary hypotheses entailed a rejection of Aristotle's argument that the heavens are made of a special matter that moves by nature in a circle about the center of the cosmos and, thus, a repudiation of the thesis that the cosmos is uncreated and everlasting."--Publisher's website
Simplicius lecteur du Sophiste : contribution à l'étude de l'exégèse néoplatonicienne tardive by Marc-Antoine Gavray( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Simplicius on Aristotle's Physics 6
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Cilicius, Simplicius ca. 6.Jh.

Pseudo-Simplicius ca. 6.Jh.

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Simplicius Aristotelicus ca. 6.Jh.

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Simplicius aus Kilikien ca. 6.Jh.

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Симпликий ок.490-560

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Simplicius on Aristotle's Physics 6On Aristotle's Physics 2On Aristotle's Physics 7On Aristotle's Physics 5On Aristotle's "Categories 9-15"On Aristotle's "On the Soul 3.1-5"On Aristotle's "Categories 5-6"On Aristotle's "Physics 8.6-10"