General forum:

Back    All discussions

2008-12-20
Philosophy During the Roman Empire
I put a Plotinus paper in 'Ancient Greek Philosophy, Misc.', which isn't exactly wrong, but may not be optimum.  There's a temporal gap between your last named ancient category (Hellenistic) and the next one (pre-1000 medieval philosophy).  The size of the gap depends on when you want to start the Medieval period.
You've got Augustine in pre-1000 medieval philosophy, which is perfectly standard.  If you want to keep chopping history at the century marks, that suggests perhaps a Roman Imperial Philosophy category of the 1st through 3rd centuries AD.  Relevant philosophers include Philo of Alexandria, Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Sextus Empiricus, and Plotinus as well as various early church fathers, e.g. Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Origen.  You could still put this under the Ancient Greek Philosophy heading.  I think all of the figures I named except Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Tertullian wrote in Greek.  Or you could call it Ancient Philosophy. 

One level down, you could call 'Hellenistic Philosophy' 'Hellenistic and Imperial Philosophy' as an alternative to adding a sparse 'Roman Imperial Philosophy' category.  

You might decide that pagan philosophers, no matter how late, count as Ancient and not Medieval.  Relevant figures are Ammonius and Proclus, 5th century neo-Platonists. Likewise, you might decide that Christians, no matter how early, count as medieval.

2008-12-20
Philosophy During the Roman Empire
On filing something else, I see you've put 'Neo-Platonists' under Hellenistic Philosophy. Tricky!  But not right, I think.  Generally, the Hellenistic period is said to go from death of Alexander (323 BC) to the Battle of Actium (31BC).

2008-12-21
Philosophy During the Roman Empire
Poking around the web, it appears that Neoplatonism is sometimes classified as (late) Hellenistic philosophy, sometimes not.  There are some references to the "strict" delineation you mention, though.  I suppose we could add another subcategory for Roman Imperial philosophy, or perhaps for Late Antiquity.  Probably best is just to change the name to "Hellenistic and Imperial Philosophy", as you suggest, though.

I'm inclined to classify pagans/Christians as you suggest.  I take it that it is fairly standard to consider Proclus an ancient philosopher and Augustine a medieval philosopher, although the former was born sixty years after the latter.

2008-12-21
Philosophy During the Roman Empire
I think that 'Late Antiquity' usually means the transition period from the Roman Empire to the Medieval period.  Cambridge seems to be following its "History of Hellenistic Philosophy" with the 'Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity," but I don't know the time period covered by the latter book. You might consider having a 'Platonism' category including the early, middle, late academies and Neo-Platonism.  You should probably get a philosopher who does ancient to catalog of few years of Phronesis and give you advice.
Cataloging a few dozen history papers has made me realize what an amazing feat the initial philosophy of mind bibliography is.  I think that ancient philosophy may be about that size, depending on how far into classics you stray.