By Jaap Mansfeld
The learn of the "Elenchos" (c. 225 CE) consists of the entire variety of historic interpretative traditions keen on Greek Philosophy, from Aristotle to the past due Neoplatonists. the current inquiry areas Hippolytus' vital studies in regards to the Greek philosophers within the context of those traditions and so is ready to remove darkness from not just what he has to supply but additionally to extend our wisdom of the traditions he relies on. For him the Pythagoreanizing present in Pre-Neoplatonism is of paramount significance. therefore, he constructs a succession ("diadoche") beginning with Pythagoras and together with Empedocles, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics, and argues that the "diadoche" of the Gnostic heresiarchs is parasitical on its Pythagorean predecessor. a brand new evaluate of the assets used the 1st severe try considering the fact that that of Diels in 1879 hinges on an research of Hippolytus' approach to presentation, that is a mix of cento and exegesis geared to his anti-Gnostic purpose."
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