By Professor & Chair of Centre for Medieval Studies John Magee

This quantity offers the 1st severe version of Boethius' De divisione. the significance of Boethius' treatise is twofold: it was once greatly learn within the medieval faculties, and it preserves the single identified vestiges of Porphyry's remark on Plato's Sophist and of Andronicus' treatise on diaeresis.
The publication is in 4 major sections: prolegomena in 3 components, facing the date, source(s), and textual content of De divisione; serious textual content with gear and English translation; distinct philological and philosophical statement; appendix, bibliography, and notice index.
This is the 1st version of De divisione in line with the earliest extant manuscripts, and the 1st whole remark in any smooth language. it is going to be of specific curiosity to scholars of later historical and medieval philosophy and literature.

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Any criterion for determining how information passed from Porphyry to Boethius is bound to be somewhat arbitrary, but it becomes unnecessarily so with the supposition of unnamed intermediaries, be they complete works or mere scholia. For this investigation I have adopted four working assumptions: (a) For De di:visione Boethius followed Porphyry's prolegomena to his Sophist commentary, not the lost work of Andronicus, scholia, or unnamed authorites. At the very least, De divisone 34, 16ff. 18 My hesitations regarding unnamed intermediaries and scholia have been outlined above.

56 In Perih. ; Intr. cat. syll. 793d3ff. = Antepr. 76lc9ff. DATE OF DE DIVIS/ONE XXXIII Conclusions. McKinlay's findings may be dismissed without further ado, while Kappelmacher ventured no date of composition, relative or absolute, for De divisione. That leaves Brandt and DeRijk. Both agree 57 that De divisione postdates In Isagogen II, which DeRijk dates to ca. e. after ca. 511 ). 58 We have seen that posteriority to In Isagogen II, whatever its date, can be established, but only indirectly. Brandt and DeRijk also agree that De divisione antedates De differentiis topicis (ca.

DATE OF DE DIVISIONE XXIX after In Perihermeneian II (ca. 515-16) but before De divisione. 41 There remains the problem that De ordine Peripateticae disciplinae evidendy treated of the 'tUSt<; of De divisione before the latter was in existence. In all probability Boethius was merely anticipating later work. 42 (4) 24,13 + 26,4: hoc uero nos iam Praedicamenta docuerunt ... sicut est in Praedicamentis ab ipso quoque Aristotele dispositum, etc. It is convenient to consider together these references to two separate doctrines from Aristode's treatise.

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