<history of philosophy, biography> Phoenecian philosopher (232-304). A disciple of Plotinus, Porphyry defended the neo-platonic philosophy in Peri agalmaton (On Images) and several commentaries on the logic of Aristotle, including an influential exposition of the Categories. Recommended Reading: Porphyry, Life of Plotinus (Holmes 1983) and Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals, ed. by Paul Vincent Spade (Hackett, 1994).
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