Prof. Fortenbaugh’s ‘The Work of Arius Didymus’ is a Must-Read for All Philosophy Lovers

November 08 23:34 2021

As a part of the Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities, “On Stoic and Peripatetic Ethics: The Work of Arius Didymus” is a scholarly piece with the contribution of essays by authors who have deeply examined the works of Aristotle. The work has been edited by Prof. William W. Fortenbaugh and was first published on January 1, 1982.

“Providing the only full-length study of the compendium of Greek philosophy attributed to Arius Didymus, court philosopher to the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus, this volume elucidates Stoic and Peripatetic ethics for classicists and philosophers”, says a spokesperson for On Stoic and Peripatetic Ethics: The Work of Arius Didymus.

Here the authors provide a precise documented study of significant passages by this synthesizer of the major schools of Greek thought. The essays include translations of all the important passages. The book is one of Prof. William’s finest collections, giving the reader a chance to better understand the mind of the greatest philosopher of all time.

On Stoic and Peripatetic Ethics is the perfect book for those with a keen interest in the latest research on Arius. Its structure leans towards a microscopic approach of analyzing peripatetic ethics and maybe a heavier read for an occasional reader. Readers have commented saying, “it is not the common man’s introduction to Peripatetic and Stoic ethics”.

“I’m a common guy who wants to learn more about the four main schools of ancient philosophy which I believe are Stoicism, Epicureanism, Platonism, and Peripatetics / Aristotle’s. Apart from Aristotle’s own work, I haven’t had much success finding books on Peripatetic ethics, so when I saw this title, I had to buy it”, said a reviewer.

William W. Fortenbaugh currently works as a professor emeritus of classics at Rutgers University. He founded the Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities (RUSCH) series and is the present series editor.

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