By Michael E. Stone, M. E. Shirinian, Jaap Mansfeld, David T. Runia

The nameless Philosophical Treatise is the following awarded to the western international for the 1st time. it's a philosophical treatise of the past due vintage interval, written in in regards to the 6th century C.E. the writer was once a Christian, yet he applied pagan philosophical resources. therefore this can be one of many most up-to-date writings of historic philosophy, and as such is of very massive curiosity and importance.
The nameless Philosophical Treatise was once preserved in simple terms in Armenian. It was once released first half-a-century in the past in Armenian and in Russian translation, yet is simply recognized to western scholarship. right here a brand new variation is gifted, ready on laptop, including severe apparatuses, translation and observation. a number of instruments for the learn of the textual content are integrated: a concordance, a glossary of the English translation, triliteral tables of Armenian - Greek - English technical terminology and extra.

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278-287: pseudo-Zeno, without a title. D Matenadaran 1823 of 1731 copied by the scribe Mesrob m Ejmiacin. ; 386-392v: Concerning the Useful Kinds ofZeno the Philosopher. No other copies are known to exist in the Matenadaran or other libraries except for the copy mentioned above that was in Venice in the first half of the nineteenth century. Manuscript A This is the fullest manuscript of the De natura. It is the sole witness to the text for a substantial number of the sections of the work. In the editio princeps, X

11 To the comprehensible (belong): evil and good, time, perfection, beginning and end, nature, definitional and efficient, being, matter and movement, void, infinity. 0 Xac'ikyan compares this four-fold division of philosophy with that of Elias, saying: Moreover, Elias' Commentary on the Categories of Aristotle was very widely known in Armenian philosophical literature and influenced a number INTRODUCTION 23 of philosophical treatises and commentaries. In that work philosophy is divided into three parts and not into four as in our work: 'philosophy is divided into three-the theoretical, the practical and the rational'.

Both structures seem to exist in the book simultaneously. 68 In the electronic edition of this text, a full transcription of manuscript A showing its foliation is to be found. INTRODUCTION 25 Since, within each part and each section, the author is enumerating the divisions of his particular topic, it is tempting to attempt to draw a "tree" of parts, groups, subgroups etc. 69 Were it feasible to map out all this "genealogy" of the Necessary Kinds and of Erudition, further subtleties of the presentation might emerge and different parts of the work might illuminate one another.

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