Monday, November 07, 2011

Madigan, Arthur. Review of Lloyd P. Gerson, ed. CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY IN LATE ANTIQUITY. NDPR (October 2011).

Gerson, Lloyd P., ed.  Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity.  2 Vols.  Cambridge: CUP, 2010.

These two volumes are the successor to The Cambridge History of Later Greek and Early Medieval Philosophy, edited by A. H. Armstrong, which appeared in 1967. The difference in titles reflects a fundamental difference in outlook. Armstrong treated this era as an interim period between classical Greek philosophy and the philosophy of the Middle Ages, each of which had its own unity and coherence. The present volume conceives of late ancient philosophy as a field in itself, having its own unity and coherence. . . .

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