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John Philoponus, a Christian philosopher, scientist, and theologian who lived approximately from to CE, is also known as John the. John Philoponus(b. Caesarea [?], late fifth century; d. Alexandria, second half of sixth century)philosophy, of what is known about Philoponus is. PHILOPONUS, JOHN(–) John Philoponus of Alexandria, a sixth-century philosopher and theologian, is best known for his radical attempts to refute.

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A Study and Translation of the Arbiter. He was born presumably around CE, but it is not known where Kaster ; in the early sixth century, he studied in Alexandria, reading philosophy under Ammonius, Son of Hermias c. Philoponus’s later writings, kohn the s onward, deal with contemporary issues of theological controversy.

He substitutes Aristotle’s definition of the place of a body the inner surface of that which contains philopponus with a conception of three-dimensional extension, its volume.

From his opposite position, believing in the beginning of the world at a finite point in the past, Philoponus argued that acquiescence in the existence of the potentially infinite will perforce lead to pgiloponus admission of the actually infinite. A final chapter examines the appropriateness of stopping the survey of the commentaries on the ninth chapter of a fifteen-chapter work.

Philoponus is the only writer of antiquity to have formally presented such a concept. When these doctrines were applied to the Trinitya sort of verbal tritheism resulted; nowhere, however, does Philoponus say that there are three gods. In Personhood in the Byzantine Christian Tradition: Retrieved from ” https: On Aristotle Meteorology 1. Instead, the reference must be to the particular nature of the divine Logos and the particular nature of Jesus the man: See also Aristotelianism ; Bonaventure, St.

Like place, space as a whole is the indeterminate three-dimensional extension everywhere devoid of body, though it is not actually infinite philoopnus so much Philoponus concedes to Aristotle. He assumed that these vibrations are not transferred directly to the water but that the air enclosed in the metal acts as an intermediate agent.


Early Science and Medicine vol. The work was written shortly before the Second Council of Constantinople of Early, Medieval, and Modern Perspectives, ed. Following the Stoics, he granted three dimensions to primary matter. Blumenthal – – The Monist 69 3: The treatise Against Proclus is followed by a second and even more provocative publication, On the Eternity of the World against Aristotle. Understanding the contested concepts within this debate i.

The black ink of a cuttlefish, he said, will overpower the whiteness of milk; but the black of a piece of ebony, when put into the milk, will not affect its color because of its lack of fitness.

Although his mode of thinking betrays a strong Aristotelian influence, it also displays a certain doctrinal affinity to Plato stripped of the accretions of layers of Neoplatonic interpretation.

Basic Aristotelian principles—the four causes, the role of potentiality and actuality, substance and accident—were not only retained by Philoponus but were his central resources for developing a new Christian natural philosophy.

According to Aristole, light is the state of actual transparency in a potentially transparent medium; by such an actualization any potentially colored body found in this medium becomes actually colored and thus visible.

Aristotle’s definition of light as an incorporeal and instantaneous transition from the potentiality dunamis of a medium to be transparent to the actuality energeia of transparency fails to account for the laws of optics and for the calefactory property of the sun.

On Aristotle Physics 8. Suppose that a lyre player tunes his instrument according to one of the musical scales and is then ready to being his music.

John Philoponus | philosopher and theologian |

Aristotle had dismissed the notion of a void as a logical impossibility. Philoponus literally Lover of Workor John the Grammarian, as he called himself, is commonly labeled a Christian Neoplatonist, but this epithet is misleading.

A potentiality which is never actualized is not a true potentiality at all. Retrieved December 27, from Encyclopedia. This, Philoponus claimed, was the teaching handed down from ancient times. The earlier work obliterates a pamphlet of eighteen arguments for the eternity of the world written in the previous century by the powerful Neoplatonist Proclus.

Scholarship has done much in recent years to arrive at a fuller appreciation of the work and accomplishment of this important late antique philosopher.


His own discussion, at any rate, commences with the expression of dissatisfaction with Aristotle’s explanation that a projectile continues to move on account of the air’s turbulence generated by the projectile itself. Read philopous following links and do some internet searching for more.

Cornell University Press, and London: Philoponus’ commentaries do not merely report and explain Aristotle and the other thinkers whom Aristotle is discussing. Reading Philoponus as well as the writings of his tireless adversary Simplicius, one gets the impression that, in the 6th century CE, traditional pagan learning had become desperately insular.

John Philoponus of Alexandria, a sixth-century philosopher and theologian, is best known for his radical attempts to refute fundamental tenets of contemporary Aristotelian — Neoplatonic school philosophy.

Berlin, ; In De generatione et corruptione, H. The third stage is represented by one, perhaps two, non-polemical treatises that have survived in fragments which indicate that numerous arguments against eternity and for creation were arranged in some kind of systematic order.

Cornell University Press, — But in one ohiloponus Aristotle put it differently: But, Philoponus argued, even those who believe the stars to be made of ether must assume them to be composed of both the matter of the fifth element and their individual form, different for each star. The Journal of Theological Studies.

John Philoponus

Greek text and German translation by Clemens Scholten. However, this explanation is far from satisfactory. Some of the arguments Philoponus deployed were not original, but he also presented many novel and philopknus ones.

Could this man have prevented the long dominance of wrong Aristotelian views if more had listened to him? Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Classics in Arts and Humanities.


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