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

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ca.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.
ca.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.) Trans. C.J.F. Williams, Philoponus: On Aristotle’s On Coming to Be and Perishing 1.1–5, Ithaca: Cornell 1999; id. Philoponus: On Aristotle On Coming to Be and Perishing 1.6–2.4, Bloomsbury 2014; I. Kupreeva, Philoponus: On Aristotle’s On Coming-to-Be and Perishing 2.5–11, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2005.
ca.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 derive from his teacher Ammonius. In addition, the authenticity of the commentary’s third book is in dispute 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. P.J. van der Eijk, Philoponus: On Aristotle’s On the Soul 1.1–2, Cornell University Press, 2006; id. Philoponus: On Aristotle’s On the Soul 1.3–5, Cornell University Press 2006; W. Charlton, Philoponus: On Aristotle’s On the Soul 2.1–6, Ithaca: Cornell, 2005; id. Philoponus: On Aristotle On the Soul 2.7–12, Bloomsbury 2014; id. Philoponus, On Aristotle on the Intellect (de Anima 3.4–8), London: Duckworth, 1991; id. “Philoponus”: On Aristotle’s On the Soul 3.1–8, Ithaca: Cornell 2000; id. “Philoponus”: On Aristotle’s On the Soul 3.9–13 With Stephanus on Aristotle’s On Interpretation, Ithaca, 2000.
In Cat. ca.512–17 Commentary on Aristotle’s ‘Categories’, ed. A. Busse, CAG XIII 1, Berlin: Reimer, 1898. Trans. R. Sirkel et al., Philoponus: On Aristotle Categories 1–5 with Philoponus: A Treatise Concerning the Whole and the Parts, Bloomsbury, 2014.
In An.Pr. ca.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.)
ca.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’ lectures, but there are signs of a later revision.) Trans. R.D. McKirahan, Philoponus: On Aristotle Posterior Analytics 1.1–8, London: Duckworth, 2008; id. Philoponus: On Aristotle Posterior Analytics 1.9–18, Bristol 2012; O. Goldin and M. Martijn, Philoponus, On Aristotle: Posterior Analytics 1.19–34, Bloomsbury, 2012.
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. C. Osborne, Philoponus: On Aristotle’s Physics 1.1–3, Ithaca: Cornell, 2006; ead. Philoponus: On Aristotle Physics 1.4–9, Bristol, 2009; A.R. Lacey, Philoponus, On Aristotle’s Physics 2, London: Duckworth, 1993; M. Edwards, Philoponus, On Aristotle’s Physics 3, London: Duckworth, 1994; K. Algra and J. van Ophuijsen, Philoponus, On Aristotle: Physics 4.1–5, Bloomsbury, 2012; P Huby, Philoponus, On Aristotle: Physics 4.6–9, Bloomsbury, 2012; S. Broadie, Philoponus: On Aristotle Physics 4.10–14, Bristol, 2011; P. Lettinck and J. Urmson, Philoponus: On Aristotle’s Physics 5–8, London: Duckworth 1993/4; R.D. McKirahan, Philoponus: On Aristotle Physics 8.6–10, London: Duckworth 2001; 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.) Trans. M. Share, Philoponus: Against Proclus On the Eternity of the World Vol 1: 1–5; Vol 2: 6–8; Vol. 3: 9–11, Bloomsbury 2014; J. Wilberding, Philoponus: Against Proclus on the Eternity of the World 12–18, Bloomsbury, 2014.
ca.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. ca.530–35 Commentary on Aristotle’s ‘Meteorology’, ed. M. Hayduck, CAG XIV 1, Berlin: Reimer, 1901. Trans. I Kupreeva, Philoponus: On Aristotle Meteorology 1.1–3, Bristol 2011; ead. Philoponus, On Aristotle: Meteorology 1.4–9,12, Bloomsbury, 2012.
ca.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.
ca.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 by A.P. Seconds, Jean Philopon, traité de l’astrolabe, Paris: Librairie Alain Brieux, 1981; trans. into English by 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.)
ca.530–40 Commentary on Nicomachus’ Introduction to Arithmetic, ed. R. Hoche, Part I/II Wesel: A. Bagel, 1864/65, Part III Berlin: Calvary, 1867.
ca.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.)
ca.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.

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