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Leo Catana
University of Copenhagen
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    The Historiographical Concept 'System of Philosophy': Its Origin, Nature, Influence and Legitimacy.Leo Catana - 2008 - Brill.
    Contextualizing the emergence of history of philosophy within eighteenth-century German Enlightenment, this book discusses the philosophical nature of the historiographical concept ‘system of philosophy’ and the concept’s influence upon the methods of history of philosophy and history of ideas.
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    Plato on Recognition of Political Leaders: The Importance of Mirrored Character Traits.Leo Catana - 2020 - Polis 37 (2):265-289.
    This article argues for two inter-related theses keyed to Plato’s Gorgias. Callicles does not represent a constitutional form, but political participation itself, characterised by ambition, competition among political candidates, and the psychological and ethical mechanisms entailed in the process of gaining political recognition. According to Socrates’s understanding, the political leader’s mirroring and internalisation of dominant character traits, held amongst those individuals transferring power, is decisive to the approval bestowed upon the political leader in question. This reading supplements that of Ober, (...)
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    The Concept of Contraction in Giordano Bruno's Philosophy.Leo Catana - 2005 - Ashgate.
    Methods facilitating noetic ascent -- Contraction as an ontological concept -- Contraction and noesis -- Contraction and memory -- Physiologically induced contraction -- The scholastic tradition of contraction -- Cusanus and the scholastic tradition of contraction.
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    Thomas Taylor’s Dissent From Some 18th-Century Views on Platonic Philosophy: The Ethical and Theological Context.Leo Catana - 2013 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 7 (2):180-220.
    Thomas Taylor’s interpretation of Plato’s works in 1804 was condemned as guilty by association immediately after its publication. Taylor’s 1804 and 1809 reviewer thus made a hasty generalisation in which the qualities of Neoplatonism, assumed to be negative, were transferred to Taylor’s own interpretation, which made use of Neoplatonist thinkers. For this reason, Taylor has typically been marginalised as an interpreter of Plato. This article does not deny the association between Taylor and Neoplatonism. Instead, it examines the historical and historiographical (...)
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    The Concept &Ldquosystem of Philosophy&Rdquo: The Case of Jacob Brucker's Historiography of Philosophy1.Leo Catana - 2005 - History and Theory 44 (1):72-90.
    In this essay I examine and discuss the concept “system of philosophy” as a methodological tool in the history of philosophy; I do so in two moves. First I analyze the historical origin of the concept in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Thereafter I undertake a discussion of its methodological weaknesses—a discussion that is not only relevant to the writing of history of philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but also to the writing of history of philosophy in our (...)
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    The Origin of the Division Between Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism.Leo Catana - 2013 - Apeiron 46 (2):31-65.
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    Changing Interpretations of Plotinus: The 18th-Century Introduction of the Concept of a 'System of Philosophy'.Leo Catana - 2013 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 7 (1):50-98.
    This article critically explores the history and nature of a hermeneutic assumption which frequently guided interpretations of Plotinus from the 18th century onwards, namely that Plotinus advanced a system of philosophy. It is argued that this assumption was introduced relatively late, in the 18th and 19th centuries, and that it was primarily made possible by Brucker’s methodology for the history of philosophy, dating from the 1740s, to which the concept of a ‘system of philosophy’ was essential. It is observed that (...)
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    The History of the History of Philosophy, and the Lost Biographical Tradition.Leo Catana - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (3):619-625.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 20, Issue 3, Page 619-625, May 2012.
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  9. Marsilio Ficino's Commentary on Plato's Gorgias.Leo Catana - 2019 - Philosophical Readings 11 (2):68-75.
    Plato’s Gorgias sets out to discuss the nature and aim of rhetoric. The dialogue was held in high esteem among late ancient Platonists and it resurfaced in Renaissance discussions about ethics. Olympiodorus produced an extensive commentary on the dialogue, emphasising its ethical content. In 1409, Leonardo Bruni provided the first complete Latin translation of the Gorgias with preface and annotations. Later in the Renaissance we find direct and indirect commentaries by George of Trebizond and Marsilio Ficino. I argue that Ficino’s (...)
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    Two Theories of Natural Justice in Plato’s Gorgias.Leo Catana - 2021 - Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 42 (2):209-228.
    In Plato’s Gorgias 482c4–484c3, Callicles advances a concept of natural justice: the laws of the polis must agree with nature, that is, human nature. Since human nature is characterised by its desire to get a greater share, nature itself makes it legitimate that stronger human beings get a greater share than weaker ones. Socrates objects: Callicles’ theoretical approach to civic life poses a threat to the polis’ community, its citizens, and to the friendship amongst its citizens. However, Socrates accepts Callicles’ (...)
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    Historiographies of Philosophy 1800–1950.Leo Catana & Mogens Lærke - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (3):431-441.
    Volume 28, Issue 3, May 2020, Page 431-441.
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    Late Ancient Platonism in Eighteenth-Century German Thought.Leo Catana - 2019 - Springer Verlag.
    This work synthesizes work previously published in leading journals in the field into a coherent narrative that has a distinctive focus on Germany while also being aware of a broader European dimension. It argues that the German Lutheran Christoph August Heumann marginalized the biographical approach to past philosophy and paved the way for the German Lutheran Johann Jacob Brucker’s influential method for the writing of past philosophy, centred on depersonalised and abstract systems of philosophy. The work offers an authoritative and (...)
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  13. Vico Og Barokkens Retorik.Leo Catana - 1996 - Museum Tusculanum Press.
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    Grote’s Analysis of Ancient Greek Political Thought: Its Significance to J. S. Mill’s Idea About ‘Active Character’ in a Liberal Democracy.Leo Catana - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (3):553-572.
    George Grote published the History of Greece between 1846 and 1856, thereby providing the first positive evaluation of democratic Athens in the early modern period and a novel interpret...
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    Readings of Platonic Virtue Theories From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: The Case of Marsilio Ficino's De Amore.Leo Catana - 2014 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (4):680-703.
    It is commonly known that ancient schools of ethics were revived during the Renaissance: The texts pertaining to Platonic, Aristotelian, Stoic and Epicurean ethics were edited, translated and discussed in this period. It is less known that the Renaissance also witnessed a revival of Plotinian ethics, by then perceived as a legitimate form of Platonic ethics. Plotinus' ethics had been transmitted through the Middle Ages through Macrobius' Latin treatise In somnium Scipionis I.8, which relied heavily on Plotinus' student, Porphyry, and (...)
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    The Ethical Discussion of Protection in Plato's Gorgias.Leo Catana - 2018 - Classical Quarterly 68 (2):425-441.
    Over the last decades we have seen an increased interest in forensic rhetoric in Plato's dialogues, notably in relation to hisApology. However, little interest has been paid to this strain of rhetoric in relation to theGorgias. In this article I focus on one notion, βοήθεια, as it was discussed in Plato'sGorgias. This notion had a wide currency in forensic rhetoric in classical Athens.
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  17. Review: Models of the History of Philosophy. Volume II: From Cartesian Age to Brucker, Ed. By Gregorio Piaia and Giovanni Santinello,(International Archives of the History of Ideas, 204). [REVIEW]Leo Catana - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
     
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    Thomas Taylor as an Interpreter of Plato: An Epigone of Marsilio Ficino?Leo Catana - 2011 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 5 (2):303-312.
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    Tannery and Duhem on the Concept of a System in the History of Philosophy and History of Science.Leo Catana - 2011 - Intellectual History Review 21 (4):515-531.
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    Doxographical or Philosophical History of Philosophy: On Michael Frede's Precepts for Writing the History of Philosophy.Leo Catana - 2016 - History of European Ideas 42 (2):178-194.
    SummaryIn a series of articles from the 1980s and 1990s, Michael Frede analysed the history of histories of philosophy written over the last three hundred years. According to Frede, modern scholars have degenerated into what he calls a ‘doxographical’ mode of writing the history of philosophy. Instead, he argued, these scholars should write what he called ‘philosophical’ history of philosophy, first established in the last decades of the seventeenth century but since abandoned. In the present article it is argued that (...)
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    Lovejoy's Readings of Bruno: Or How Nineteenth-Century History of Philosophy Was "Transformed" Into the History of Ideas.Leo Catana - 2010 - Journal of the History of Ideas 71 (1):91-112.
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    On Dionysius the Areopagite. Volume 1: Mystical Theology and The Divine Names, Part I. Volume 2: The Divine Names, Part II by Marsilio Ficino. [REVIEW]Leo Catana - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):335-336.
    The volumes under review are of immense value, because they convey to the modern reader how and why one of the most important Renaissance Platonists, Marsilio Ficino, came to regard the writings of one late ancient Platonist, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, as central to the history of ancient Platonism. The philosopher nowadays known as Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite is the author of four treatises composed in Greek in the late fifth or the sixth century CE: On the Divine Names, On the Celestial (...)
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    Self-Protection and the Afterlife Myth in Plato’s Gorgias.Leo Catana - 2020 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 4:591.
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  24. Vico and Literary Mannerism a Study in the Early Vico and His Idea of Rhetoric and Ingenuity.Leo Catana - 1999 - Peter Lang.
  25. Miklós Vassányi, Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy.Leo Catana - 2012 - Intellectual History Review 22 (2):319-321.
  26. Plotinus Historiography.Leo Catana - 2012 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 6 (1).
     
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    Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy.Leo Catana - 2012 - Intellectual History Review 22 (2):310-312.