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M. Rijk [585], and W. D. Ross [592]. 23 Compare AAC, pp. 12-15, PhAC, pp. 12-13, OAC, pp. 22-25, EAC, pp. 132-134, and SAC, pp. 13-20. 28 PORPHYRY ON ARISTOTLE'S CATEGORIES greater controversies on any other issue than this, not only by the Stoics and the Platonists who try to undermine the Aristotelian categories, but also among the Aristotelians themselves . . 24 It seems to me that Aristotle or, to say the least, the text of the Categories in the form in which we have it, was partially responsible for the pro­ liferation of variant interpretive formulas.

The scholarly interest in this treatise had become a tradition. , the various treatises, especially that of the Categories, became the focus of attention and subject of commentaries and debates by philosophers with Peripatetic, Platonic, or Stoic affinities. Among them are included Andronicus of Rhodes, Boethus of Sidon, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Eudorus of Alexandria, Albinus, Atticus, Nicostratus, Lucius, Athenodorus, Herminus, and Plotinus to mention only the most prominent. 2 1 J. Bidez, [35] Appendices, pp.

Nevertheless, there is some evidence which seems to suggest that Porphyry's position with regard to the purpose of the Categories did not originate with him. Let us briefly consider the supporting evidence for such a claim. 19 Then, it is noteworthy that Por­ phyry never mentions Alexander of Aphrodisias in his extant commen­ tary as holding views similar to his own on this issue, as has been explicitly stated by Simplicius. It is probable that he had done so in his lost commentary. It is also reasonable to suppose that mention of the names of Boethus and Herminus is simply indicative of the fact that earlier commentators had expressed similar views, without implying that these two interpreters were the only ones who hit the target.

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