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Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Boundaries of Being

Author(s): Rens Zomerdijk

Book Description

Late Antiquity seems to retreat in silence. However, Nietzsche drew attention to the fact that what we know about antique philosophy are not the voices of Plato or Aristotle that once sounded in Athens, nor those of Cicero or Seneca in Rome. They have come to us as perceived by the authors of the waning of the classical world, the world of Late Antiquity. This was a world about to perish, characterised by the decline of the Roman Empire and its legal system, and the tensions between the philosophy and paganism of Antiquity and Christianity. The medieval and our contemporary world are based on the works of Late Antiquity. This book discusses the disappearance of the foundation of philosophy: the knowledge and use of the Greek language; the birth of time as being merely temporary; the fall of the flesh; the role of women in the period; and the growing awareness of the approach of death. The boundaries of being become more emphatic and closer.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3284-7
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3284-4
Date of Publication: 01/07/2019
Pages / Size: 286 / A5
Price: £61.99


Charles Vergeer is a philosopher, classicist and philologist, and received his doctorate with a thesis on Heraclitus, entitled “Als een akker in de winter” [“Like a Field in Winter”]. His publications include The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences (2017); Philosophy in Ancient Rome: A Loss of Wings (2018); Eerste vragen. Over de Griekse filosofie [First Questions on Greek Philosophy] (1990); Een Nameloze: Jesus de Nazarener [A Nameless One: Jesus the Nazarene] (1997); Het Panterjong [The Young Panther] (2000); and Overspoeld door de eindigheid. Inleiding tot de metafysica [Washed over by Evanescence: Introduction to Metaphysics] (2015).