Ammonius and the Seabattle: Texts, Commentary, and Essays by Gerhard Seel, Jean-Pierre Schneider, Daniel Schulthess

By Gerhard Seel, Jean-Pierre Schneider, Daniel Schulthess (eds.)

Ever on account that Aristotle's well-known argument in regards to the sea-battle the next day, there was extensive and arguable dialogue between philosophers even if the reality of statements concerning the destiny results in determinism. Ther e is controversy approximately Aristotle's personal way to the matter, in addition to the perspectives of classical and medieval commentators on Aristotle. Seel's ebook makes an attempt to respond to this query for the Neoplatonist Ammonius (5th-6th century AD). In so doing, he additionally opens up new insights into Neoplatonic inspiration.

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To hold the former is to follow the standard interpretation; to hold the latter is to follow a non-standard-interpretation. The first and the second group of scholars, discussed above, attribute to Ammonius and Boethius the standard interpretation, whatever other differences they might have discovered between the 'oldest' and the 'second oldest' solutions. In our opinion, however, Ammonius believed that what is indefinitely true is also true. He is thus to be seen as a defender of the non-standard interpretation, hence the difference between Carneades and Ammonius and Boethius in this respect is not fundamental.

34-1553. Cp. H. ; D. Frede 1985, 75. Cp. N. Kretzmann 1998,36. Future Contingencies: The problem and its possible solutions 35 given time every sentence eventually has exactly one of these two truth values, true or false; and so at any time at which it does not yet have one of those truth values it has the disjunctive property either-true-or-false. 58 It only means that the values true and false "exhaust the possibilities of which one is to be realised for each such proposition". Kretzmann and Gaskin think that by attributing the broad principle of bivalence to Aristotle, Ammonius and Boethius tried to protect him against the Stoic charge of having abandoned the principle of bivalence.

R. Sorabji, 1980, 92-93; 1998, 8ff; R. Sharpies, 1978a, 263-64; M. Mignucci, 1994; 1998,53ff. 36 Part II: Introduction from the point of view of the future or of eternity. The sentences are true because, from a timeless point of view, there is an event that makes them true. This event presents the outcome of the open course of the world process. It is because, from a timeless point of view, the open course has this outcome that there is a present fact about this outcome and a present truth of the sentence predicting it.

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