David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Phronesis 44 (4):300-325 (1999)
The concept of o or "pre-emotions" is known not only to the Roman Stoics and Christian exegetes but also to Philo of Alexandria. Philo also supplies the term o at QGen 1.79. As Philo cannot have derived what he knows from Seneca (despite his visit to Rome in 39), nor from Cicero, who also mentions the point, he must have found it in older Stoic writings. The o concept, rich in implications for the voluntariness and phenomenology of the passions proper, is thus confirmed for the Hellenistic period. It is not to be expected that Philo's handling of this or any concept will necessarily conform to the usage of his Stoic sources. His evidence is nonetheless of great value where it coincides with that of other witnesses. In QGen 4.73 the emphasis falls upon involuntariness and the mechanisms of impression and assent as in Epictetus fr. 9. The o saves the virtuous person's insusceptibility to emotion exactly as it does for the Stoic spokesman in Gellius NA 19.1; this point is of some interest in view of the Christological use of this concept in Origen and Didymus. QGen 1.55 and 3.56 indicate that the occurrence of the o is dependent upon uncertainty, and further, that for Philo, as for Seneca in Ira 2.3.4, a thought not acted upon can count as a o. In QGen 4.15-17 and 1.79, Philo indicates that hope and perhaps laughter may be related to joy as o to o; these assertions are not paralleled in extant Stoic texts. Further, in QGen 2.57, he names "biting and contraction" as the fix it)
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
D. T. Runia [ (2003). Philo of Alexandria : An Annotated Bibliography 2000. In David T. Runia, Gregory E. Sterling & Hindy Najman (eds.), Laws Stamped with the Seals of Nature: Laws and Nature in Hellenistic Philosophy and Philo of Alexandria. Brown University
Lucio Troiani (2003). Philo of Alexandria and Christianity at its Origins. In Francesca Calabi (ed.), Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria. Brill Academic Publishers
Francesca Calabi (ed.) (2003). Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria. Brill Academic Publishers.
Liliana Rosso Ubigli (2003). The Image of Israel in the Writings of Philo of Alexandria. In Francesca Calabi (ed.), Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria. Brill Academic Publishers
Naomi G. Cohen (2004). Philo on the Creation D. T. Runia: Philo of Alexandria : On the Creation of the Cosmos According to Moses. Introduction, Translation and Commentary . (Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series 1.) Pp. XVIII + 443. Leiden, Boston, and Cologne: Brill, 2001. Cased, €103/Us$120. Isbn: 90-04-12169-. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 54 (1):50.
Gretchen Reydams-Schils (2002). Philo of Alexandria on Stoic and Platonist Psycho-Physiology. Ancient Philosophy 22 (1):125-147.
Angela Maria Mazzanti (2003). The "Mysteries" in Philo of Alexandria. In Francesca Calabi (ed.), Italian Studies on Philo of Alexandria. Brill Academic Publishers
D. T. Runia (2003). Philo of Alexandria : An Annotated Bibliography 2000. In David T. Runia, Gregory E. Sterling & Hindy Najman (eds.), The Studia Philonica Annual. Brown University 109-137.
Margaret Graver (1999). Philo of Alexandria and the Origins of the Stoic Προπάθειαι. Phronesis 44 (4):300 - 325.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads6 ( #336,387 of 1,726,994 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #369,858 of 1,726,994 )
How can I increase my downloads?