Ancient Philosophy
and the Classical Tradition

A Journal of the Centre for Ancient Philosophy
and the Classical Tradition

ISSN 1995-4328 (Print) ISSN 1995-4336 (Online)


Yiorgo N. Maniatis
Hellenic Open University, maniatis1@windowslive.com
Language: Modern Greek
Issue: ΣΧΟΛΗ 5.1 (2011) 9–23
Keywords: Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, daimon, soul, appetitive part, homo economicus, economy, paideia, politics
Abstract: In this paper I examine the healthy ancient Greek way of life by contrast to the unhealthy way of life of contemporary man, who at the greatest percentage is homo economicus. First, I examine the ancient Greek philosophical perceptions of the soul, with emphasis on the great psychological theory of Plato, aiming to show the healthy way that the ancient Greeks perceived the soul and the homologous ethical way that they lived their life in accordance with its nature in order to live as much eudaimonically as possible. Next, in comparison, I examine the new contemporary man, homo economicus, in whom the appetitive part of the soul dominates, and investigate those catastrophic consequences that this dominance of the inferior part of the human soul have brought in our global era, in sectors such as the economy, education and politics, resulting to the decadence of life.

Eugene Abdullaev
Tashkent, abd_evg@yahoo.com
Language: Russian
Issue: ΣΧΟΛΗ 5.1 (2011) 24–41
Keywords: Russian literature in the 19th century, Russia and the classical tradition, Plato, uncertain sex
Abstract: Platonic myth of Androgynos, – the creature of uncertain sex (Symposium, 189d–193d), – being re-interpreted as a myth related to artistic creativity, started to play its role in modern literary works from the times of Goethe. The paper deals with an episode in the history of establishing of the connection between androgyny and geniality, as we find it in the works by famous Russian writer Alexander Pushkin, mostly dated to the second decade of the 19th century. In an earlier article the author had an opportunity to look at the way Pushkin connects the idea of geniality with Socratic daimonion. On this occasion we try to prove that the concept of geniality is closely linked in his thought with the myth of androgynos, at that time hardly a commonplace of literary aesthetics, and that the idea of this connection occurred to Pushkin on the basis of Platonic text or its relatively adequate rendering into Russian.

Arina Bragova
Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University, arbra@mail.ru
Language: Russian
Issue: ΣΧΟΛΗ 5.1 (2011) 42–52
Keywords: moral beauty, virtue, duty, cognition, justice, benevolence, magnitude of the soul, temperance
Abstract: Cicero relied on the Stoic conception of virtues when he interpreted the terms honestum, virtus, and officium. At the same time he also took into account the scope of the Roman virtues. As a result he offered his own conception that comprised both the Greek and Roman terms. It was an eclectic combination of the Stoic theory and the Roman tradition. The term honestum meant for him social and political activities of a Roman citizen. A virtue was a tool that helped man feel moral beauty inside oneself. The concept virtus, being derived from vir, was related with fortitude, bravery, firmness of soul, or any positive physical or spiritual ability. In the moral meaning virtus designated moral beauty as well as some or all features of character that gave man an opportunity to lead a decent way of life. Following the Stoic and Peripatetic traditions Cicero marked out four virtues (cognition, justice and benevolence as a whole, magnitude of soul and temperance). He however considered the second virtue to be the most important, while the Stoics attached importance to the first virtue, i. e. cognition. Having sided with Aristotle, Cicero attached more importance to active social and political life rather than contemplation. Each virtue for Cicero was associated with special duties (officia), applied only to Roman citizens as opposed to the Stoic virtues of universal nature.

Marina Wolf
Institute of Philosophy and Law, Russia, wolfarch@yandex.ru
Language: Russian
Issue: ΣΧΟΛΗ 5.1 (2011) 53–73
Keywords: Heraclitus, philosophical inquiry, discovery, aporia, self-cognition, common sense, Xenophanes, Parmenides, Aristotle
Abstract: The article explains Heraclitus’ motives for introducing a philosophical method of “inquiry”, didzesis, known later on as zetesis. The method can be traced back to Xenophanes, while the term seems to be introduced by Parmenides. The philosophical inquiry is opposed to spontaneous discovery (heuresis). In its essence it can be compared with a route sketched on a map: the things sought are first met as obstacles (aporia) on the road, then their nature is recognized on the basis of certain signs and familiar features, a sort of preliminary knowledge. This kind of inquiry is very difficult, and Heraclitus compares it with gold-mining. So let us call the method a "philosophical gold-digging" and observe that, if successful, it yields rare but very valuable results. The method is universal: it can be applied to the sense-perceptible world, human souls, as well as universal properties of things, i.e., the realm of intelligible.

Alexander Akhvlediany
Scientific Society «INCOL», Israel, Carmiel, alexanderakhvlediany@yandex.ru
Language: Russian
Issue: ΣΧΟΛΗ 5.1 (2011) 74–82
Keywords: Paradox, formal logic, zero order logical system
Abstract: "Crocodile Paradox" is the famous paradox in ancient sophistic logical system. In this paper it is shown that it is possible to construct the solution for this paradox in modern classical formal zero order logical system.

Eugene Afonasin
The centre for Ancient philosophy and the classical tradition,
Novosibirsk State University, Institute of Philosophy and Law, Russia, afonasin@gmail.com
Language: Russian
Issue: ΣΧΟΛΗ 5.1 (2011) 83–95
Keywords: Gnosticism, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Early Christian polemics
Abstract: In the second century A.D. the Mediterranean world underwent a profound change in ethical attitude towards the сosmos and human society, and the change is especially well reflected in one of the most controversial intellectual movement of the Late Antiquity, the so-called Gnostic tradition. Although attempts to draw a coherent picture of Gnosis which have been undertaken so far have yielded no satisfactory result, the basic patterns of thought, commonly labeled as ‘Gnostic’, are reasonably well known. Taken in the broadest sense of the word, Gnosticism is a specific world attitude. In the framework of Judeo-Christian world-view the Gnostics contemplated the world affairs from a global prospective, put them in the context of world history and developed a specific form of eschatology. In this paper (which is a revised Russian translation of the English original, published in ΣΧΟΛΗ 2.1 (2008) 125–132) the author undertakes to interpret select historical evidence, which can throw the light upon the development of this quite diverse and controversial tradition, including a passage from the Stromateis of Clement of Alexandria (Strom. III 29, 1–2 St), which, surprisingly enough, was not previously treated in this context.


Roman Gulyaev
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, rgulyaev@gmail.com
Language: Russian, translated from English
Issue: ΣΧΟΛΗ 5.1 (2011) 96–111
Keywords: Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, matter, evil, Greek philosophy
Abstract: An article of the famous historian of Ancient philosophy is translated into Russian for the participants of educational project “ΤΕΧΝΗ. Theoretical foundations of Arts, sciences and technology in the Greco-Roman World" (Novosibirsk, Russia). Original publication: “Plotinus and the Gnostics on the Generation of Matter”, Neoplatonism and Early Christian Thought, Essays in honour of A. H. Armstrong, éds. H. J. Blumenthal, R. A. Markus. London: Variorum publications, 1981, pp. 108–123.

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