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Neo-Platonic Modes Of Concordism Versus Definitions Of Difference: Simplicius, Augustinus Steuco And Ralph Cudworth Versus Marco Antonio Zimara And Benedictus Pererius

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Two of Simplicius's commentaries translated into Latin on the Categories and De anima have been reprinted. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century philosophers read the Greek commentators in these Latin translations, with few exceptions. In addition, Richard Sorabji has directed a major translation project making the Ancient Greek language commentaries available in English, in the series 'Ancient Commentators on Aristotle', opening up a completely new field to scholars of the Renaissance and seventeenth-century. Two scholars who questioned the concordist argument and were interested in articulating differences were Marco Antonio Zimara and Benedictus Pererius. Steuco excuses Simplicius, for while he fled Christian piety, he felt 'the highest miracle', and taught that there was 'one fountain of goodness', 'one unity of things', and 'a singular principle' through whom all causes were joined. Fifty years later the battle between unity and diversity among philosophers is taken on in earnest by Benedictus Pererius.

Keywords: Benedictus Pererius; concordist; Latin translations; Marco Antonio Zimara; philosophers; Simplicius; Steuco



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