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Gerson, Lloyd P.

Works: 96 works in 503 publications in 5 languages and 13,896 library holdings
Genres: History  Trivia and miscellanea  Bibliographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Festschriften 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: JC71.A41, 186.4
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Most widely held works by Lloyd P Gerson
From Plato to Platonism by Lloyd P Gerson( )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 1,619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerson contends that the philosophical position of Plato—Plato’s own Platonism, so to speak—was produced out of a matrix he calls “Ur-Platonism.” According to Gerson, Ur-Platonism is the conjunction of five 'antis' that in total arrive at anti-naturalism: anti-nominalism, anti-mechanism, anti-materialism, anti-relativism, and anti-skepticism. Plato’s Platonism is an attempt to construct the most consistent and defensible positive system uniting the five 'antis.' It is also the system that all later Platonists throughout Antiquity attributed to Plato when countering attacks from critics including Peripatetics, Stoics, and Sceptics. In conclusion, Gerson shows that Late Antique philosophers such as Proclus were right in regarding Plotinus as 'the great exegete of the Platonic revelation.'"--
Aristotle and other Platonists by Lloyd P Gerson( )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 1,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a wide-ranging book likely to cause controversy, Lloyd P. Gerson sets out the case for the "harmony" of Platonism and Aristotelianism, the standard view in late antiquity. He aims to show that the twentieth-century view that Aristotle started out as a Platonist and ended up as an anti-Platonist is seriously flawed." "Gerson examines the Neoplatonic commentators on Aristotle based on their principle of harmony. In considering ancient studies of Aristotle's Categories, Physics, De Anima, Metaphysics, and Nicomachean Ethics, the author shows how the principle of harmony allows us to understand numerous texts that otherwise appear intractable. Gerson also explains how these "esoteric" treatises can be seen not to conflict with the early "exoteric" and admittedly Platonic dialogues of Aristotle. Aristotle and Other Platonists concludes with an assessment of some of the philosophical results of acknowledging harmony."--Jacket
Ancient epistemology by Lloyd P Gerson( )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ancient Epistemology explores ancient accounts of the nature of knowledge and belief from the Presocratics up to the Platonists of late antiquity. Professor Gerson argues that ancient philosophers generally held a naturalistic view of knowledge as well as of belief. Hence, knowledge was not viewed as a stipulated or semantically determined type of belief; it was a real or objectively determinable achievement. In fact, its attainment was identical with the highest possible cognitive achievement, namely wisdom. It was this naturalistic view of knowledge at which the ancient sceptics took aim. In the concluding chapter, the ancient naturalistic epistemology is compared with some contemporary versions."--Jacket
The Cambridge companion to Plotinus by Lloyd P Gerson( Book )

41 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plotinus was the greatest philosopher in the 700-year period between Aristotle and Augustine. Here, sixteen leading scholars introduce and explain the many facets of Plotinus' complex system, and examine his place in the history of philosophy
Plotinus, Ennead V.5 : That the Intelligibles are not External to the Intellect, and on the Good by Lloyd P Gerson( )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Platonists beginning in the Old Academy itself and up to and including Plotinus struggled to understand and articulate the relation between Plato's Demiurge and the Living Animal which served as the model for creation. The central question is whether "contents" of the Living Animal, the Forms, are internal to the mind of the Demiurge or external and independent. For Plotinus, the solution depends heavily on how the Intellect that is the Demiurge and the Forms or intelligibles are to be understood in relation to the first principle of all, the One or the Good. The treatise V.5 [32] sets out the case for the internality of Forms and argues for the necessary existence of an absolutely simple and transcendent first principle of all, the One or the Good. Not only Intellect and the Forms, but everything else depend on this principle for their being"-
Platonism and naturalism : the possibility of philosophy by Lloyd P Gerson( )

8 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An account of the central tradition in the history of philosophy, Platonism, along with the class of philosophical positions collectively known as Naturalism and the 'anti-Platonism' of Naturalism both in antiquity and in contemporary philosophy"--
Hellenistic philosophy : introductory readings by Brad Inwood( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interest in Hellenistic philosophy has grown substantially in recent years. Along with the increase in interest, the need for a reliable and convenient guide to the source materials has become apparent. These new translations by Professors Gerson and Inwood provide the most comprehensive selection available of Hellenistic philosophy, written over a period of some eight hundred years, in both Latin and Greek. By presenting the central texts of Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism with a consistent vocabulary, these scrupulous new translations convey a sense of the ongoing discussion among the Hellenistic philosophers, showing the common conceptual ground for most of the argumentation in the texts and enabling the contemporary reader to comprehend their contribution to Western philosophy. Abundant cross-references, a glossary of philosophical terms, a list of philosophers, and a general index enhance the usefulness of this valuable work. - Back cover
Knowing persons : a study in Plato by Lloyd P Gerson( Book )

31 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Knowing Persons is an original study of Plato's account of personhood. For Plato, embodied persons are images of a disembodies ideal. The ideal person is a knower. Hence, the lives of embodied persons need to be understood according to Plato's metaphysics of imagery." "For Gerson, Plato's account of embodied personhood is not accurately conflated with Cartesian dualism. Plato's dualism is more appropriately seen in the contrast between the ideal disembodied person and the embodied one than in the contrast between mind or soul and body." "This study argues that Plato's analysis of personhood is intended to cohere with his two-world metaphysics as well as a radical separation of knowledge and belief. Gerson demonstrates that Plato's account of persons plays a key role not just in his theory of mind, but in his theory of knowledge, his metaphysics, and his ethics. A proper understanding of Plato's account of persons must therefore place it in the context of his doctrines in these areas. Knowing Persons fills a significant gap by showing the way to such an understanding."--Jacket
Plotinus by Lloyd P Gerson( Book )

34 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite its important role as a link between ancient and medieval philosophy, Plotinus' work is relatively little known among contemporary philosophers. This situation, however, is rapidly changing. Interest in later Greek philosophy has been growing steadily over the last decade, and work on Plotinus is flourishing. This major study brings Plotinus into the contemporary philosophical discussion. Lloyd P. Gerson gives a detailed account of Plotinus' arguments in the major philosophical areas of metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, and ethics. He examines the work of Plotinus both in its historical context and in its sustained systematic rigour. Focusing on Plotinus' defence of Platonism against Aristotle and on the development of Neoplatonism, Gerson reconstructs a powerful and systematic account of reality that is surprisingly relevant to modern debates
The Epicurus reader : selected writings and testimonia by Epicurus( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A total philosophy of life, death, religion, science, ethics, and culture promising liberation from the obstacles that stand in the way of our happiness, the teachings of Epicurus claimed many thousand committed followers all over the ancient Mediterranean world and deeply influenced later European thought. From the first years of its development, however, Epicureanism faced hostile opposition, and, as a result, much of our evidence for the content of this teaching is unhelpful and even misleading. The Epicurus Reader fills the need for a reliable selection and translation of the main surviving evidence, some of it never previously translated into English.Included here, with the exception of Lucretius De Rerum Natura, are the most important surviving ancient texts of a system of thought that even today remains a powerful living philosophy. The Epicurus Reader will be greatly welcomed by anybody who teaches Hellenistic Philosophy, or Epicureanism in particular, at any level. It offers a judicious and ample selection of texts, including the only extant writings by Epicurus. More importantly it provides a reliable, often admirably accurate translation of these sometimes difficult texts."--Publisher's description
God and Greek philosophy : studies in the early history of natural theology by Lloyd P Gerson( Book )

27 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graceful reason : essays in ancient and medieval philosophy presented to Joseph Owens, on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday and the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination by Lloyd P Gerson( Book )

28 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge history of philosophy in late antiquity( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the philosophy of 200-800 CE and its place in literature, science, and religion. Includes a digest of all philosophical works known to have been written during the period
Selected works by Aristotle( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neoplatonic philosophy : introductory readings( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most comprehensive collection of Neoplatonic writings available in English, this volume provides translations of the central texts of four major figures of the Neoplatonic tradition: Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, and Proclus. The general Introduction gives an overview of the period and takes a brief but revealing look at the history of ancient philosophy from the viewpoint of the Neoplatonists. Historical background--essential for understanding these powerful, difficult, and sometimes obscure thinkers--is provided in extensive footnotes, which also include cross-references to other works relevant to particular passages
Aristotle's Politics by Aristoteles( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First Modern library edition, 1943." "For further reading": p. 29-30
The stoics reader : selected writings and testimonia by Brad Inwood( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume gathers together the most important evidence about Stoic thought surviving from the ancient world. It is an expanded version of the section on Stoicism in Inwood and Gerson's Hellenistic Philosophy, consolidating related texts into larger, more continuous selections, adding material on the skeptical attack on Stoicism, and a short section that introduces the reader to some of the more interesting texts on Stoic ethics from the Roman imperial period
The enneads by Plotinus( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2019 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Enneads by Plotinus is a work which is central to the history of philosophy in late antiquity. This volume is the first complete edition of the Enneads in English for over seventy-five years, and also includes Porphyry's Life of Plotinus. Led by Lloyd P. Gerson, a team of experts present up-to-date translations which are based on the best available text, the editio minor of Henry and Schwyzer and its corrections. The translations are consistent in their vocabulary, making the volume ideal for the study of Plotinus' philosophical arguments. They also offer extensive annotation to assist the reader, together with cross-references and citations which will enable users more easily to navigate the texts. This monumental edition will be invaluable for scholars of Plotinus with or without ancient Greek, as well as for students of the Platonic tradition."-- Publisher's website
Neoplatonism by Richard T Wallis( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and Italian and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neoplatonism, a development of Plato 's metaphysical and religious teaching, whose best-known representatives were Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus and Proclus, was the dominant philosophical school of the later Roman Empire and has been a major influence of European and Near Eastern thought and culture ever since. Yet the school 's philosophy is only now coming to be studied in detail by historians of philosophy, largely because of the difficulty of the Neoplatonists writings and the lack of a good summary exposition. This defect Dr. Wallis sought to remedy in this, the first full-length study of the school by a single author to appear for over half a century. Lloyd Gerson 's new Foreword sets that contribution in context; he also provides an up-dated Bibliography
Aristotle's gradations of being in Metaphysics E-Z by Joseph Owens( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle's Gradations of Being was edited from the papers of the late Joseph Owens. Some fifty years after his book, The Doctrine of Being in the Aristotelian Metaphysics, Owens turned again to consider the central themes in Aristotle's conception of a science of being or "first philosophy." Reflecting on a half-century of scholarship, and drawing on his own publications in Greek and medieval philosophy, Owens sets forth in a step-by-step argument his own interpretation of Aristotle's account of substance, essence, and the gradations of being. Owens writes extensively of the different but complementary approaches of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas." "He discusses the many facets of the Aristotelian notion of "form," including its role in a realistic epistemology." "This monograph, edited by Owens's colleague and former pupil, Lloyd P. Gerson, includes a complete bibliography of Owens's writings as well as works critical of Owens's readings of ancient and medieval philosophers. It will serve as an introduction to one of the most influential interpretations of the Aristotelian metaphysical tradition of the past century."--Jacket
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Plotinus, Ennead V.5 : That the Intelligibles are not External to the Intellect, and on the Good
Aristotle and other PlatonistsAncient epistemologyThe Cambridge companion to PlotinusPlotinus, Ennead V.5 : That the Intelligibles are not External to the Intellect, and on the GoodPlatonism and naturalism : the possibility of philosophyHellenistic philosophy : introductory readingsKnowing persons : a study in PlatoPlotinus
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Gerson, L.P.

Gerson, L. P. (Lloyd P.)

Gerson, L. P. (Lloyd Phillip)

Gerson, L. P. Lloyd Phillip 1948-

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Gerson, Lloyd P.

Gerson, Lloyd P. 1948-

Gerson, Lloyd P. (Lloyd Phillip)

Gerson, Lloyd P. (Lloyd Phillip), 1948-

Gerson, Lloyd Philip.

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Gerson Llyod P.

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