In Alexander of Aphrodisias’ commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, we find several passages concerning “the intermediaries” (τὰ μεταξύ). In this article I will consider some of them, taken from the commentaries on Alpha (6, 987b14-18) and Beta (2, 997a34-b3; 997b25-28; 998a7-9), because in these passages we do not find a simple paraphrase of what Aristotle says (as is common in Alexander), but a stance that seems to me highly original. From this analysis, we will find a confirmation of what is often said, namely that Alexander is not interested in philosophers (of the past and contemporary) as such, but only as objects of consideration, often polemical, of Aristotle and of Aristotelians “purs et durs” like him. We will also find another confirmation, namely that Alexander always tries to explain Aristotle systematically, even when the Aristotelian theses do not appear coherent or mutually well harmonized. However, it will also have to be noted that the passages of Alexander’s commentary that will be analysed have the merit of underlining and clearly explaining the serious difficulties that we encounter when we reflect on the μεταξύ of the Platonists: the difficulty of conceiving their relationship to sensible reality if we consider them as objects of certain mathematical sciences, and the difficulty of considering their existence if we conceive them as objects immanent to reality.

(2022). Alexandre d'Aphrodise et l'existence des intermédiaires [journal article - articolo]. In REVUE DE PHILOSOPHIE ANCIENNE. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10446/234352

Alexandre d'Aphrodise et l'existence des intermédiaires

Bonelli, Maddalena
2022-01-01

Abstract

In Alexander of Aphrodisias’ commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, we find several passages concerning “the intermediaries” (τὰ μεταξύ). In this article I will consider some of them, taken from the commentaries on Alpha (6, 987b14-18) and Beta (2, 997a34-b3; 997b25-28; 998a7-9), because in these passages we do not find a simple paraphrase of what Aristotle says (as is common in Alexander), but a stance that seems to me highly original. From this analysis, we will find a confirmation of what is often said, namely that Alexander is not interested in philosophers (of the past and contemporary) as such, but only as objects of consideration, often polemical, of Aristotle and of Aristotelians “purs et durs” like him. We will also find another confirmation, namely that Alexander always tries to explain Aristotle systematically, even when the Aristotelian theses do not appear coherent or mutually well harmonized. However, it will also have to be noted that the passages of Alexander’s commentary that will be analysed have the merit of underlining and clearly explaining the serious difficulties that we encounter when we reflect on the μεταξύ of the Platonists: the difficulty of conceiving their relationship to sensible reality if we consider them as objects of certain mathematical sciences, and the difficulty of considering their existence if we conceive them as objects immanent to reality.
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Dans le commentaire d’Alexandre d’Aphrodise sur la Métaphysique d’Aristote, nous trouvons plusieurs passages concernant « les intermédiaires » (τὰ μεταξύ). Dans cet article, j’en considérerai quelques-uns, tirés des commentaires sur les livres Alpha (6, 987b14-18) et Beta (2, 997a34-b3 ; 997b25-28 ; 998a7-9), car dans ces passages on ne trouve pas une simple paraphrase de ce qu’Aristote dit (comme c’est fréquent chez Alexandre), mais une prise de position qui me semble fort originale. À partir de cette analyse, nous trouverons une confirmation de ce que l’on dit souvent, à savoir qu’Alexandre ne s’intéresse pas aux philosophes (passés et contemporains) en tant que tels, mais seulement en tant qu’objets de considération, souvent polémique, d’Aristote et des aristotéliciens « purs et durs » comme lui. On trouvera aussi une autre confirmation, à savoir qu’Alexandre essaye toujours et à tout prix d’expliquer systématiquement Aristote, même lorsque les thèses aristotéliciennes ne paraissent pas cohérentes ou bien harmonisées entre elles. D’ailleurs, il faudra constater aussi que les passages du commentaire d’Alexandre que l’on analysera ont le mérite de souligner et d’expliquer clairement les difficultés sérieuses que nous rencontrons lorsque nous réfléchissons sur les μεταξύ des Platoniciens : la difficulté de concevoir leur rapport avec la réalité sensible si on les considère comme les objets de certaines sciences mathématiques ; la difficulté de considérer leur existence si on les conçoit comme des objets immanents au réel.
Bonelli, Maddalena
(2022). Alexandre d'Aphrodise et l'existence des intermédiaires [journal article - articolo]. In REVUE DE PHILOSOPHIE ANCIENNE. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10446/234352
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