Philosophical Studies

Philosophical Studies

Philosophical Studies

Philosophical Studies

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The papers here collected, with the exception of the first, have all appeared in print at different dates; the order of their present arrangement is very different from that of their composition. Naturally, things are said in some of them which I should now say rather differently, if at all. But I have felt bound to leave the essays substantially as they were written, except for the deletion of a few mere errors and the insertion of an occasional qualifying foot-note. I could indeed have wished, in connection with the third and longest of them, to take account of the friendly criticisms contained in the second edition (1933) of Dr. Stenzel Zahl und Gestalt bei Platon und Aristoteles, had not that work appeared too late for such a purpose. It must be understood that all comments on Dr. Stenzel's views are based on the first edition of his essay (1924). In connection with the fourth paper I must at once call attention to the facts that there is now, as there was not when the essay was written, an adequate critical text of the Στοιχεíωσις Θεολογική of Proclus, that of Professor E. R. Dodds (Oxford, 1933), and that Professor Dodds has convinced me both that the doctrine of the "divine henads" is really due to Syrianus, not to Proclus himself, and that the attempt made in the essay to "rationalize" this doctrine is unsatisfactory, though I have not thought it right to disguise my shortcomings by alteration of the text. Three of the essays . . .

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