Ancient Philosophy 40 (1):221-227 (2020)

Monte Johnson
University of California, San Diego
Hynek Bartos does the field of ancient philosophy a great service by detailing the influence of early Greek thinkers (such as Heraclitus, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, Democritus, and Diogenes of Apollonia) on the Hippocratic work On Regimen, and by demonstrating that work’s innovative engagement with contemporary scientific and philosophical concepts as well as its direct influence on Plato and Aristotle. His study usefully counteracts the lamentable tendency among ancient philosophers to ignore or downplay the influence of medical literature on philosophy in general, and to heap scorn on this text in particular, which Kirk, Raven, and Schofield considered ‘an eclectic and very superficial quasi- philosophical treatise’ and Barnes famously called ‘a silly farrago of ill-digested Presocratic opinions’.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  History of Philosophy  Hippocratic Corpus  Ancient Medicine  Dietetics  On Regimen  Health  Democritus
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ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil202040114
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