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In search of the peripatetic philosopher Theophrastus

20 August 2022

9:00 AM

20 August 2022

9:00 AM

Looking for Theophrastus: Travels in Search of a Lost Philosopher Laura Beatty

Atlantic, pp.352, 16.99

Publishers lately seem to have got the idea that otherwise uncommercial subjects might be rendered sexy if presented with a personal, often confessional, counterpoint. The ostensible subject of Laura Beatty’s book is the pioneering Greek botanist and philosopher Theophrastus. He was a friend of Aristotle’s, and was once thought his intellectual equal, but is now little known except to a few classicists and historians of science.

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