Linked bibliography for the SEP article "John Philoponus" by Christian Wildberg

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c.510-15 On words with different meanings in virtue of a difference of accent (De vocabulis quae diversum significatum exhibent secundum differentiam accentus), ed. L.W. Daly, American Philosophical Society Memoirs 151, Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1983.
c.510-15 Commentary on Aristotle's ‘On Generation and Corruption’, ed. H. Vitelli, Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca (henceforward CAG) XIV 2, Berlin: Reimer, 1897. (A commentary based on Ammonius' seminars containing virtually no criticism of Aristotle.)
c.510-15 Commentary on Aristotle's ‘De Anima’ ed. M. Hayduck, CAG XV, Berlin: Reimer, 1897. (This work on Aristotle's On the Soul contains rather mature commentary; evidence suggests, however, that the work comes early in Philoponus' career, and it therefore seems reasonable to assume that the substance of the ideas expressed in it is by his teacher Ammonius. In addition, the authenticity of the commentary's third Book is disputed, because a Latin version attributed to Philoponus differs from the text transmitted in Greek: see Jean Philopon, Commentaire sur le de anima d'Aristote, traduction de Guillaume de Moerbeke, ed. G. Verbeke, Corpus Latinum Commentariorum in Aristotelem Graecorum III, Paris: Editions Béatrice-Nauwelaerts, 1966. Trans. W. Charlton, Philoponus, On Aristotle on the Intellect (de Anima 3.4-8), London: Duckworth, 1991.)
In Cat. c.512-17 Commentary on Aristotle's ‘Categories’, ed. A. Busse, CAG XIII 1, Berlin: Reimer, 1898.
In An.Pr. c.512-17 Commentary on Aristotle's ‘Prior Analytics’, ed. M. Wallies, CAG XIII 2, Berlin: Reimer, 1905. (The only complete extant ancient commentary on the Prior Analytics. It purports to be based on Ammonius' seminars.)
c.515-20 Commentary on Aristotle's ‘Posterior Analytics’, ed. M. Wallies, CAG XIII 3, Berlin: Reimer, 1909. (This commentary too professes to be based on Ammonius, but there are signs of a later revision.)
In Phys. 517 Commentary on Aristotle's ‘Physics’, ed. H. Vitelli, CAG XVI-XVII, Berlin: Reimer, 1887?88. (Philoponus' most important commentary, in which he challenges Aristotle's tenets on time, space, void, matter and dynamics; there are clear signs of revision.) Trans. A.R. Lacey, Philoponus, On Aristotle's Physics 2, London: Duckworth, 1993; M. Edwards, Philoponus, On Aristotle's Physics 3, London: Duckworth, 1994; P. Lettinck, Philoponus, On Aristotle's Physics 5 to 8, London: Duckworth 1993/4; D. Furley, Philoponus, Corollaries on Place and Void, London: Duckworth, 1991.
529 On the Eternity of the World against Proclus (De aeternitate mundi contra Proclum), ed. H. Rabe, Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1899; repr. Hildesheim: Olms, 1984. (A detailed criticism of Proclus' eighteen arguments in favour of the eternity of the world.)
c.530-34 On the Eternity of the World against Aristotle (De aeternitate mundi contra Aristotelem), not extant; fragments reconstr. and trans. C. Wildberg, Philoponus, Against Aristotle on the Eternity of the World, London: Duckworth, 1987. (A refutation of Aristotle's doctrines of the fifth element and the eternity of motion and time, consisting of at least eight books.)
In Meteor. c.530-35 Commentary on Aristotle's ‘Meteorology’, ed. M. Hayduck, CAG XIV 1, Berlin: Reimer, 1901.
c.530-35 On the Contingency of the World (De contingentia mundi), not extant; Arabic summary of the treatise trans. S. Pines, ‘An Arabic summary of a lost work of John Philoponus’, Israel Oriental Studies 2 (1972): 320-52; similar excerpts in Simplicius, see D. Furley, C. Wildberg, Philoponus, Corollaries on Place and Void with Simplicius, Against Philoponus on the Eternity of the World, London: Duckworth, 1991, pp. 95-141.
c.520-40 On the Use and Construction of the Astrolabe, ed. H. Hase, Bonn: E. Weber, 1839 (or id. Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 6 (1839): 127-71); repr. and trans. into French A.P. Segonds, Jean Philopon, traité de l'astrolabe, Paris: Librairie Alain Brieux, 1981; trans. into English H.W. Green in R.T. Gunther, The Astrolabes of the World, Vol. 1/2, Oxford, 1932, repr. London: Holland Press, 1976, pp. 61-81. (The oldest extant Greek treatise on the astrolabe.)
c.530-40 Commentary on Nicomachus' Introduction to Arithmetic, ed. R. Hoche, Part I/II Wesel: A. Bagel, 1864/65, Part III Berlin: Calvary, 1867.
c.546-49 On the Creation of the World (De opificio mundi), ed. W. Reichardt, Leipzig: Teubner, 1897. (A theological-philosophical commentary on the Creation story in the book of Genesis. The date of composition originally proposed by the editor (546-49) appears to be more likely now than the frequently suggested 557-60.)
c.552 Arbiter (Diaitêtês), not extant in Greek; Syriac text with Latin trans. A. Sanda, Opuscula monophysitica Ioannis Philoponi, Beirut: Typographia Catholica PP.Soc.Jesu., 1930; extracts trans. into German W. Böhm, Johannes Philoponos, Grammatikos von Alexandrien, München, Paderborn, Wien: Schöningh, 1967, pp.414-29. (A philosophical justification of monophysitism.)
567 On the Trinity (De trinitate), not extant; Syriac fragments trans. into Latin A. Van Roey, ‘Les fragments trithéites de Jean Philopon', Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica 11 (1980): 135-63. (The main source for a reconstruction of Philoponus' trinitarian doctrine.)

For a more comprehensive list of all extant and lost works of Philoponus see Scholten 1996, pp. 429-35.

Secondary Sources

  • Fladerer, L. (1999) Johannes Philoponos "De opificio mundi". Spätantikes Sprachdenken und christliche Exegese. Stuttgart, Leipzig: Teubner. (Scholar)
  • Haas, F.A.J. de (1997) John Philoponus' New Definition of Prime Matter: Aspects of its Background in Neoplatonism and the Ancient Commentary Tradition. Leiden, New York: E.J. Brill. (Scholar)
  • Hainthaler, T. (1990) "Johannes Philoponus, Philosoph und Theologe in Alexandria". In Jesus der Christus im Glauben der Kirche, Band 2/4: Die Kirche von Alexandrien mit Nubien und Äthiopien nach 451, ed. A. Grillmeier, Freiburg, Basel, Wien: Herder, pp. 109-49. (Scholar)
  • Krafft, F. (1988) "Aristoteles aus christlicher Sicht. Umformungen aristotelischer Bewegungslehren durch Johannes Philoponos". In Zwischen Wahn, Glaube und Wissenschaft, ed. J.-F. Bergier, Zurich: Verlag der Fachvereine an den Schweizerischen Hochschulen und Techniken. (Scholar)
  • Lee, T.-S. (1984) Die griechische Tradition der aristotelischen Syllogistik in der Spätantike, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. (Scholar)
  • MacCoull, L.S.B. (1995) "Another Look at the Career of John Philoponus." Journal of Early Christian Studies 3.1: 269-79. (Scholar)
  • Sambursky, S. (1962) The Physical World of Late Antiquity, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. 154-75. (Scholar)
  • Scholten, C. (1996) Antike Naturphilosophie und christliche Kosmologie in der Schrift "De opificio mundi" des Johannes Philoponos. Berlin: De Gruyter. (Scholar)
  • Sorabji, R.R.K. (1983) Time, Creation and the Continuum, London: Duckworth, pp. 193-231. (Scholar)
  • Sorabji, R.R.K. (ed.) (1987) Philoponus and the Rejection of Aristotelian Science, London: Duckworth. (Scholar)
  • Sorabji, R.R.K. (1988) Matter, Space, and Motion, London: Duckworth, pp. 227-48. (Scholar)
  • Verbeke, G. (1985) "Levels of Human Thinking in Philoponus". In After Chalcedon: Studies in Theology and Church History, ed. C. Laga, J.A. Munitz, L. van Rompay, Leuven: Peeters, pp. 451-70. (Scholar)
  • Verrycken, K. (1990) "The development of Philoponus' thought and its chronology". In Aristotle Transformed, ed. R.R.K. Sorabji, London: Duckworth, pp. 233-74. (Scholar)
  • Verrycken, K. (1997) "Philoponus' Interpretation of Plato's Cosmogony." Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 8: 269-318. (Scholar)
  • Wildberg, C. (1988) John Philoponus' Criticism of Aristotle's Theory of Aether, Berlin: De Gruyter. (Scholar)
  • Wildberg, C. (1999) "Impetus Theory and the Hermeneutics of Science in Simplicius and Philoponus". Hyperboreus 5, pp. 107-124. (Scholar)
  • Wolff, M. (1971) Fallgesetz und Massebegriff. Zwei wissenschaftshistorische Untersuchungen zum Ursprung der klassischen Mechanik. Berlin: De Gruyter. (Scholar)
  • Wolff, M. (1978) Geschichte der Impetustheorie. Untersuchungen zum Ursprung der klassischen Mechanik. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp. (Scholar)

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