There is no doubt that certain aspects of Byzantine civilization, for instance Byzantine literature and history, have been studied much more intensively than Byzantine philosophy and the sciences (e.g. mathematics, astronomy, medicine). Yet, during the last few decades, a considerable number of books and articles in this area have begun to appear. My aim here is to present an account of the most recent research in Byzantine philosophy, hoping that it thus might be easier to form a judgement as to the level of knowledge we now have about the subject, but also to see the directions our work should take in the future.
In 1984 a new series of critical editions of Byzantine philosophical texts was started, as part of the Corpus Philosophorum Medii Aevi (CPhMA), namely the series Philosophi Byzantini. It is published by the Academy of Athens, under the auspices of the International Union of Academies; I am serving as its general editor. Ten volumes already have come out with works by Nicholas of Methone, Nikephoros Blemmydes, George Pachymeres, Barlaam of Calabria, George Gemistos Plethon, and others. Each volume contains the Greek text with a critical apparatus, an introduction, a translation into English or French or German or Modern Greek, and indices. I. N. Polemis has recently edited the unpublished work of Theophanes of Nicaea,. Further volumes are in preparation. For example, P. Carelos is
An earlier version of this survey has been published in German: L. Benakis, ‘Griechische Philosophie im Mittelalter: Stand der Forschung’, Cahiers de VInstitut du Moyen-Age Grec et Latin, 66 (1996), 51–65.