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Ptolemy's Philosophy

Jacqueline Feke


The Greco-Roman mathematician Claudius Ptolemy is one of the most significant figures in the history of science. He is remembered today for his astronomy, but his philosophy is almost entirely lost to history. This book reconstructs Ptolemy's general philosophical system—including his metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics—and to explore its relationship to astronomy, harmonics, element theory, astrology, cosmology, psychology, and theology. The book uncovers references to a complex and sophisticated philosophical agenda scattered among Ptolemy's technical studies in the physical and mathematic ... More

Keywords: Claudius Ptolemy, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, astronomy, harmonics, element theory, astrology, cosmology, mathematics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179582
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline Feke, author
University of Waterloo