Doxography of Ancient Philosophy

[Revised entry by Jaap Mansfeld on December 7, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The great majority of Greek (and Roman) philosophical writings have been irretrievably lost. But this loss
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[Revised entry by Jaap Mansfeld on December 7, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The great majority of Greek (and Roman) philosophical writings have been irretrievably lost. But this loss is made good to some extent not only by quotations from lost works recorded by later writers, but also by the varieties of ancient reportage that are extant. The modern name for these forms of reportage is 'doxography', which could be be translated 'tenet-writing'. Broadly speaking, doxography encompasses those writings, or parts of writings, in which...

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