Porphyry (philosopher)  

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"I shall omit to speak about genera and species, as to whether they subsist (in the nature of things) or in mere conceptions only; whether also if subsistent, they are bodies or incorporeal, and whether they are separate from, or in, sensibles, and subsist about these, for such a treatise is most profound, and requires another more extensive investigation". --Porphyry on the problem of universals in the Isagoge, translation by Boethius, English translation quoted in A History of Western Philosophy (McInerny and Caponigri), p. 357, Ralph McInerny, ‎Aloysius Robert Caponigri

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Porphyry of Tyre (Porphyrios, AD c. 234–c. 305) was a Neoplatonic philosopher who was born in Tyre. He edited and published the Enneads, the only collection of the work of his teacher Plotinus. He also wrote many works himself on a wide variety of topics. His Isagoge, or Introduction, is an introduction to logic and philosophy, and in Latin translation it was the standard textbook on logic throughout the Middle Ages. In addition, through several of his works, most notably Philosophy from Oracles and Against the Christians, he was involved in a controversy with a number of early Christians, and his commentary on Euclid's Elements was used as a source by Pappus of Alexandria.

See also

  • Macarius Magnes – his work Apocriticus contains a series of excerpts from Porphyry's Against the Christians




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