Stephanus Alexandrian Is a “Successor” of Ammonius

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V. V. Vorobyev

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In this paper the author analyzed the commentary on Aristotle’s Chapter 9 of “De Interpretatione” by Stephanus Alexandrian (the second half of VI – first half of VII c.) — the philosopher of late neoplatonic school. Stephanus Alexandrian was supposed to be the pupil of Johannes Philoponos who was one of Ammonius Hermiae‘s (435/445 – 517-526 C.E.) pupils and has not attracted special attention of philosophy historians till now though his philosophical works have survived. Stefanus‘ s commentary is not large and its content is quiet similar to Ammonius‘s commentary.
The corresponding fragment of Stephanus’s text was translated and analyzed. The author marks that Stephanus accepts the so called “traditional” or “standard” interpretation of the problem of “the sea battle tomorrow”. Generally speaking, its meaning consists in that there are differences in defining the truth of tensed propositions. We consider that propositions about past and present events are true or false but propositions about contingent future events have different truth values. Stefanus (followihg Ammonius) introduces the expression “definitely (horismenos) true” to characterize such propositions.
The Stephanus’s text containing the well known “reaper paradox” has been translated as well. This paradox was mentioned by many ancient authors, but it has survived only in the works of Ammonius, Stephanus and one more anonymous author. In Diogenes Laertius‘s edition there is the note which contains the reaper paradox translation. However this translation is very clipped that‘s why it is very misrepresented.
Lately the reaper paradox attracts attention of contemporary authors and requires further investigations.
DOI: 10.21146/2074-1472-2018-24-1-90-98

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