Diogenes of Oinoanda · Diogène d’Œnoanda

Epicureanism and Philosophical Debates · Épicurisme et controverses

Edited by Jürgen Hammerstaedt, Pierre Marie Morel, and Refik Güremen

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First collection of essays entirely devoted to the inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda.

The texts of Diogenes of Oinoanda (2nd century AD) who invited his readers to an Epicurean life is the largest ancient inscription ever discovered. Over 70 new finds have increased the number of known wall blocks and fragments to nearly 300, offering new insights into Diogenes’ distinctive presentation of philosophy. This collection of essays discusses the philosophical significance of these discoveries and is the first of this kind entirely devoted to Diogenes of Oinoanda. Particular attention is paid to his philosophical aims and polemical strategies. Diogenes was apparently well aware of still ongoing philosophical debates, engaging in polemics against Presocratic philosophers, Platonics, and especially Stoics. His views about important issues like happiness, fear, old age, and the afterlife are explained on the bases of Epicurean physics and theology, ethics, politics, theory of knowledge, and psychology. Les textes de Diogène d’Œnoanda (Deuxième siècle de notre ère), qui invitait ses lecteurs au mode de vie épicurien, constituent la plus grande inscription antique jamais découverte. Les recherches récentes (plus de 70 pièces) ont porté le nombre de morceaux du mur et de fragments à près de 300, offrant ainsi un nouvel aperçu de la pensée propre de Diogène. Les essais réunis dans ce volume, le premier recueil d’articles entièrement consacré à Diogène d’Œnoanda, examinent la signification de ces découvertes. Ils portent une attention particulière aux intentions philosophiques de Diogène et à ses stratégies polémiques. L’épicurien était manifestement bien averti des débats philosophiques de son temps, engageant lui-même la polémique contre les présocratiques, les platoniciens et, plus spécialement, les stoïciens. Ses idées concernant les problèmes fondamentaux du bonheur, de la peur, de la vieillesse et de la vie après la mort ont pour horizon la pensée épicurienne sous ses différents aspects : physique et théologie, éthique, politique, théorie de la connaissance et psychologie.

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Contributors: Martin Bachmann (The German Archaeological Institute), Michael Erler (University of Würzburg), Alain Gigandet (University Paris – Est Créteil), Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/University of Paris – Sorbonne/Ecole Normale Supérieure), Refik Güremen (Mimar Sinan University), Jürgen Hammerstaedt (University of Cologne), Giuliana Leone (University of Naples Federico II), Francesca Masi (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice), Pierre-Marie Morel (University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne / Institut Universitaire de France), Geert Roskam (KU Leuven), Martin Ferguson Smith (Durham University), Voula Tsouna (University of California), Francesco Verde (La Sapienza University of Rome/Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata)

List of Illustrations

Martin Ferguson Smith
Foreword. The Importance of Diogenes of Oinoanda

Pierre-Marie Morel and Jürgen Hammerstaedt
Preface

Martin Bachmann
Oinoanda. Research in the City of Diogenes

Jürgen Hammerstaedt
The Philosophical Inscription of Diogenes in the Epigraphic Context of Oinoanda. New Finds, New Research, and New Challenges

Michael Erler
Diogenes against Plato. Diogenes' Critique and the Tradition of Epicurean Antiplatonism 

Francesco Verde
Plato's Demiurge (NF 155 = YF 200) and Aristotle's Flux (fr. 5 Smith). Diogenes of Oinoanda on the History of Philosophy

Giuliana Leone
Diogène d'Œnoanda et la polémique sur les meteora

Francesca Masi
Virtue, Pleasure, and Cause. A case of multi-target polemic? Diogenes of Oenoanda, fr. 32-33 Smith

Voula Tsouna
Diogenes of Oinoanda and the Cyrenaics

Jean-Baptiste Gourinat
La critique des stoïciens dans l'inscription d'Œnoanda

Refik Güremen
Diogenes of Oinoanda and the Epicurean Epistemology of Dreams

Alain Gigandet
Diogène, Lucrèce et la théorie épicurienne de l'imaginaire. Fragment 9 -; De rerum natura IV 971-993

Pierre-Marie Morel
La Terre entière, une seule patrie. Diogène d'Œnoanda et la politique

Geert Roskam
Diogenes' Polemical Approach, or How to Refute a Philosophical Opponent in an Epigraphic Context

Abbreviations used for Diogenes and other Inscriptions of Oinoanda

Bibliography

About the Authors

Index of Places
Index of Gods and Mythological Figures or Concepts
Index of Ancient Persons, Philosophical Schools and Concepts
Index of Persons of Modern Times
Index of Ancient Texts

Format: Edited volume - ebook

Size: 240 × 160 mm

322 pages

ISBN: 9789461662217

Publication: March 27, 2017

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 55

Languages: English | French

Stock item number: 120173

Jürgen Hammerstaedt is professor of classics and papyrology at the University of Cologne.


... a particularly welcome contribution. The twelve essays it brings together bear witness to the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary approach strengthened by the use of innovative investigative technologies [...] The merit of this endeavor, however, chiefly resides in the choice to examine the content of the inscription from a specific point of view: that of doctrinal polemics, which—in keeping
with the dictates of the Epicurean school, yet also with some original insights—Diogenes directs against other currents of thought (Stoicism, no doubt, but also other philosophies).
Emidio Spinelli, ISIS—Volume 109, Number 4, December 2018

 

Voici le premier recueil d’articles entièrement consacré à l’inscription monumentale, la plus grande jamais découverte de l’Antiquité, par laquelle Diogène (IIe siècle de l’ère chrétienne) invitait les habitants et les visiteurs de sa cité (en Lycie, dans la Turquie actuelle) au mode de vie épicurien. Cette publication est un événement éditorial pour une autre raison encore. Le recueil tient compte des nombreux fragments découverts entre 1993, date de l’édition magistrale de M. F. Smith (Diogenes of Oinoanda. The Epicurean Inscription), et août 2014, date du colloque d’Istanbul dont il est issu. L’évaluation qu’il propose des buts philosophiques et des stratégies polémiques de Diogène peut donc se fonder sur la quasi-totalité des textes publiés depuis la première découverte en 1884. Or cet épicurien affronte et tranche des questions fort complexes : ainsi, le bonheur, la peur, la vieillesse, la mort. Mais, sur un mur public, fût-il colossal, comment évoquer avec justesse l’éthique, la physique ou la théorie de la connaissance qu’impliquent les réponses d’Épicure ? Un des attraits du recueil tient à la lucidité avec laquelle il aborde le plus souvent cette difficulté.
José Kany-Turpin, Revue philosophique, n° 3/2018, p. 417 a p. 456


 
Gli obiettivi posti dai curatori, in conclusione, sono stati pienamente raggiunti; grazie all’approfondimento e alle capacità dei contributori, come si è tentato di mostrare, l’importanza di questo volume è andata al di là dell’interesse per la figura di D. e ha investito problematiche ben più ampie che, a partire da questo particolare autore, vanno dalla comprensione dell’evoluzione storica del pensiero del Giardino ai rapporti che quest’ultimo intrattenne, durante l’ellenismo e la prima età imperiale, con le altre scuole filosofiche. Un volume, dunque, di cui si sentiva il bisogno e che ha il merito di aprire la strada, in maniera più che autorevole, a un nuovo campo d’indagine nella filosofia ellenistica e imperiale.
Federico G. Corsi, Elenchos 2018; 39(1): 179–184

 
Indeed, this book can be said to represent a new stage in the research into this very important document. [...] Together the articles in this volume develop many different, and often new, points of view on the inscription, sometimes confirming, sometimes contradicting each other, and thereby showing that the research into the inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda is still an on-going affair. The volume therefore presents an ideal point of access for those who want to familiarize themselves with the inscription and the current state of the research.
Frederik Bakker, Syzetesis V/1 (2018)

 
This volume comprises a huge wealth of expertise and offers a broad presentation of the main directions of contemporary research on Diogenes. Although, as Roskam points out (p. 242), the central focus of its attention on polemics might potentially have led to emphasis only on the destructive message of Diogenes, these authoritative interpretations of the corpus engage the reader in the constructive side of his philosophy as well, offering a fascinating and richly detailed resource for anyone interested in not only Diogenes of Oinoanda, but his historical and philosophical milieu and that of Epicureanism under the Roman Empire.
Attila Németh, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.01.08


 

“This is a very strong cast of contributors and the cumulative effect of the contributions is an important step forward in thinking about Diogenes of Oinoanda.”
Dr James Warren, University of Cambridge