John Philoponus, a Christian philosopher, scientist, and theologian who lived approximately from to CE, is also known as John the. John Philoponus(b. Caesarea [?], late fifth century; d. Alexandria, second half of sixth century)philosophy, of what is known about Philoponus is. PHILOPONUS, JOHN(–) John Philoponus of Alexandria, a sixth-century philosopher and theologian, is best known for his radical attempts to refute.

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Secondary Sources Couvalis, G. These works provoked immediate condemnation of by Simplicius of Cilicia, a contemporary member of the Athenian School, the last great pagan mind of antiquity and expert commentator on Aristotle. The earlier work obliterates a pamphlet of eighteen arguments for the eternity of the world written in the previous century by the powerful Neoplatonist Proclus. Scholarship has done much in recent years to arrive at a fuller appreciation of the work and accomplishment of this important late antique philosopher.

For example, the commentary On the Eternity of the World against Aristotle represents a standardized description of Aristotelian natural philosophy. Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. Again, there are certain phenomena which clearly exhibit the force of the vacuum, for example handling a pipette clepsudrawhich allows one to raise small quantities of fluids, or the fact that one can suck up water through a pipe In Phys. Classics in Arts and Humanities.

He may have influenced early Muslim thinking about science for which Islam got phipoponus. From philoponuss list of Christians in science on Revolution against Evolutionthis statement can be found:.

Keep Exploring Britannica Plato. Book review of philoponud biography of Philoponus by John E. In virtue of this bold suggestion Philoponus is often credited with having envisaged, for the first time, a unified theory of dynamics, since he strove to give the same kind of explanation for phenomena that Aristotle and others had to explain by appeals to different kinetic principles such as nature, coercion, or soul, depending upon context.


Spicilegium Sacrum Lovaniense 47, Peeters. Berlin, ; De opificio mundi, G. The book amounts to an anti-commentary on the Proclean arguments: Once one admits the infinite as a never- ending process, he said, the existence of an infinite magnitude existing by itself, or of a number jihn cannot be passed through to the end, cannot be excluded.


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Consequently, because all forced motions eventually end, so too will the rotation of the heavens. He rejected the use of the infinite in the sense of the unlimited in extension;and in his rejection he went even further than Aristotle, not and only denying, as Aristotle did, the existence of the infinite as an actual entity but also excluding the potentially infinite.

Philoponus wrote treatises on the Astrolabe and the Arithmetic of Nichomachus of Gerosa and two treatises on grammar that had some influence as lexicons.

It relies on three premises: Reimer, — Philoponus answered this question by interpreting the uniform and circular motion of the celestial bodies as inertial motiom: Philoponus and Epicurus on Plato’s Phaedo. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. In the late s, early s, around the time of Justinian’s eviction of the pagan philosophers in Athens c. He was read and admired by Syrian and, to some extent, Islamic philosophers, but the anathema of severely hampered the further propagation of his theological and philosophical work.

The celestial spheres of Aristotelian theory have different periods of revolution, and in any given number of years they undergo different numbers of revolutions, some larger than others. The Physical World of Late Antiquity— Two main possibilities emerged. History of Western Philosophy. Despite his controversial role, he steadfastly considered himself a champion of reasonable Christianity he entitled his proposed solution to the doctrinal controversies surrounding the Second Council of Constantinople [] the Arbiter and created a comprehensive and coherent, if ultimately unsuccessful, alternative to the dominant Aristotelian natural philosophy of Late Antiquity.

In the Categories Philoponus insists that all possible beings will sometime be realized in being. To what extent Philoponus was influenced by previous philosophical or theological authors is a matter of controversy Fladerer Philoponus is often celebrated for having been one of the very first thinkers to reconcile Aristotelian philosophy with Christianity.


On Aristotle Categories 1—5 with Philoponus: Two examples are the sweetness of honey remaining constant while its color joyn from yellow to white and the color of wine remaining the same while its taste changes to sour.

In a sense, Philoponus is a Renaissance figure avant la lettre. This passage is of interest to the historians of philo;onus, since Philoponus, although he rejected altogether the notion of the jobn, here, for the first time in a specific case, made use of infinite cardinal numbers, anticipating modern concepts by more than 1, years. Thus quantity corporeal extension is constitutive of body as such. Philoponus then went on to say that the harmony of the whole is restored by taking into account the climactic changes and the perturbation of the strings caused by them.

His Philosophical background was Neoplatonic; but he was—probably from birth—a member of the Monophysite sect, which was declared hertical in the seventh century.

John Philoponus

Philoponus’ commentaries do not merely report and explain Aristotle and the other thinkers whom Aristotle is discussing. BCE and Synesius 4th c. And even if it is true, Philoponus retorts, that creation out of nothing never occurs in nature, God is surely more powerful a creator than nature and therefore quite possibly capable of creatio ex nihilo IX 9.

Philoponus is the only writer of antiquity to have formally presented such a concept. Because he held that every nature necessarily is individualized, he concluded that in Philoponuss only one nature was possible, the divine.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. On the Use and Construction of philopons Astrolabeedited by H. It has a constituency of…. Whereas monophysitism was a reputable and powerful theological movement in the Eastern church, tritheism was little more than a hostile label given to certain intellectuals who tried to make the mystery of the Trinity intelligible in philosophical language.