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The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy (347-274 BC)

John Dillon


In this book, John Dillon investigates the development of the Academy in the 70 years after Plato's death in 347 b.c. He discusses the careers of the Academy's chief figures, in particular, Speusippus, Xenocrates, and Polemo, the three successive heads in the period generally known as ‘The Old Academy’. Dillon's main thesis is that these philosophers set the agenda for the major intellectual traditions that were to follow: Speusippus stimulated developments in what became known as ‘Neopythagoreanism’, which itself was to prove fruitful for ‘Neoplatonism’; Xenocrates initiated much of what we c ... More

Keywords: Academy, ancient philosophy, Aristotle, history of philosophy, Middle Platonism, Neoplatonism, Old Academy, Plato, Platonism, Polemo, Speusippus, Stoicism, Xenocrates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237662
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198237669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Dillon, author
School of Classics, University of Dublin
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