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Berlin , –. Zeller  = E. Zeller, Die Philosophie der Griechen in ihrer geschichtlichen Entwicklung Bd. –, Leipzig 5. chapter two PHYSIKAI DOXAI AND PROBLÊMATA PHYSIKA IN PHILOSOPHY AND RHETORIC: FROM ARISTOTLE TO AËTIUS (AND BEYOND) Jaap Mansfeld I. Plutarch’s On the Physical Tenets Accepted by the Philosophers, Five Books —usually latinized as Placita philosophorum rather than as Placita physica—and substantial excerpts concerned with natural philosophy to be found in Stobaeus’ Eclogae physicae and Theodoret’s Treatment of Greek Diseases derive from a common source.

For the philosophers treated see An. Lond. cols.  (Philolaus A DK, see now D.  (Plato, from the Timaus).  ff. ), or Μεν νεια, of Aristotle’s pupil Meno, and that in this way they were added to the material on the φυσικο which physikai doxai and problêmata physika  of physical—or physico-medical—tenets held by outstanding physicians should have been prohibited from inclusion in a collection of φυσικα δ ξαι. One might also add that Theophrastus deserves a place among those whom Aristotle calls the more accomplished philosophers.

ZPE  (), –, where it is argued that the work is an author’s draft. 16 Cf. my paper cited supra, n. . 17 Aristotle’s use of the doxai of other experts in the dialectical sections of the school-writings (pragmateiai, πραγματε αι) has been rather thoroughly studied. What is less familiar is that in his Topics he disclosed those purposes for which one should note down tenets, and that he gave precise directions as to how one should proceed. According to Aristotle, doxai are relevant in the context of problems.

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