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Benjamin Harriman
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    Melissus and Eleatic Monism.Benjamin Harriman - 2018 - Cambridge University Press.
    In the fifth century BCE, Melissus of Samos developed wildly counterintuitive claims against plurality, change, and the reliability of the senses. This book provides a reconstruction of the preserved textual evidence for his philosophy, along with an interpretation of the form and content of each of his arguments. A close examination of his thought reveals an extraordinary clarity and unity in his method and gives us a unique perspective on how philosophy developed in the fifth century, and how Melissus came (...)
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    The Beginning of Melissus' On Nature or On What-Is: A Reconstruction.Benjamin Harriman - 2015 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 135:19-34.
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    Establishing the Logos of Melissus: A Note on Chapter 1, Hippocrates’ De Natura Hominis.Benjamin Harriman - 2021 - Archai: Revista de Estudos Sobre as Origens Do Pensamento Ocidental 31.
    The earliest mention of Melissus of Samos by name is found in the first chapter of the Hippocratic De natura hominis. In the following note, I attempt to examine what is meant by the reference Melissus’ ‘logos’ in this work and suggest, against previous accounts, including Galen’s, that it has little to do with his commitment to monism. Rather Melissus’ logos is better understood as his referring to his strategy for demonstrating such a conclusion, especially his use of a supplemental (...)
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    Musonius Rufus, Cleanthes, and the Stoic Community at Rome.Benjamin Harriman - 2020 - Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 41 (1):71-104.
    Surprisingly little attention has been devoted to Musonius Rufus, a noted teacher and philosopher in first–century CE Rome, despite ample evidence for his impact in the period. This paper attempts to situate Musonius in relation to his philosophical predecessors in order to clarify both the contemporary status of the Stoic tradition and the value of engaging with the central figures of that school’s history. I make the case for seeing Cleanthes as a particularly prominent predecessor for Musonius and reaffirm the (...)
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    Jaap Mansfeld et al., Eleatica 2012: Melissus between Miletus and Elea. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2016. 201 pp. [REVIEW]Benjamin Harriman - 2017 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 99 (3):346-349.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 99 Heft: 3 Seiten: 346-349.
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    Disjunctions and Natural Philosophy in Marcus Aurelius.Benjamin Harriman - 2019 - Classical Quarterly 69 (2):858-879.
    In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius repeatedly presents a disjunction between two conceptions of the natural world. Either the universe is ruled by providence or there are atoms. At 4.3, we find perhaps its most succinct statement: ἀνανεωσάμενος τὸ διεζευγμένον τό⋅ ἤτοι πρόνοια ἢ ἄτομοι. The formulation of the disjunction differs; at 7.32, being composed of atoms is contrasted with a stronger sort of unity that may survive death. In 10.6 and 11.18 Marcus simply offers φύσις in opposition. On the surface, (...)
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    Socrates’ Daimonic Art: Love for Wisdom in Four Platonic Dialogues. By Elizabeth S. Belfiore. [REVIEW]Benjamin Harriman - 2014 - Ancient Philosophy 34 (1):200-203.