Disagreement and Reception. Peripatetics Responding to the Stoic Challenge

In Ralph Hexter & Brenda Schildgen (eds.), Reading the Past Across Space and Time: Receptions and World Literature. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 121-147 (2016)

Jan Szaif
University of California, Davis
Starting from an abstract sketch of scenarios for philosophical reception stimulated by disagreement and school rivalry, part one of this chapter highlights the case of an older, marginalized position that tries to reinsert itself into the debate through radical modernization of its terminology and argumentative strategies and thereby triggers various forms of orthodox response. Part two discusses examples for this scenario extracted from some of the remains of the Peripatetic ethical literature of the late Hellenistic era (Critolaus, Arius Didymus). Challenging the traditional picture of contamination and decline in the development of the Peripatetic school, the chapter demonstrates how the reception of Stoic concepts and strategies by Peripatetic modernizers and the subsequent more orthodox approaches created an intellectually fruitful dynamic exemplifying different styles of reception.
Keywords Reception studies  Peripatetic ethics  Critolaus  Arius Didymus
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