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John Philoponus' New Definition of Prime Matter

Aspects of its Background in Neoplatonism and the Ancient Commentary Tradition

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This is the first full discussion of Philoponus' account of matter. It is shown here that philosophical problems in Neoplatonism motivated the definition of prime matter as three-dimensional extension, and that Plotinus, Syrianus, and Proclus prepared the way for Philoponus.

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