79 - To the Lighthouse: Philo of Alexandria
We put the Philo in philosophy this week, as Philo of Alexandria reads the Bible through the lens of Middle Platonism.
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Philo’s works are available in a single-volume English translation: C.D. Yonge, The Works of Philo (Peabody, MA: 1993), and in numerous volumes of the Loeb series from Harvard University Press.
• A. Kamesar (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Philo (Cambridge: 2009).
• J. Mansfeld, “Philosophy in the Service of Scripture: Philo’s Exegetical Strategies,” in J.M. Dillon and A.A. Long (eds), The Question of “Eclecticism” (Berkeley: 1988), 70-102.
• G. Reydams-Schils, “Philo of Alexandria on Stoic and Platonist Psycho-Physiology: the Socratic Higher Ground,” Ancient Philosophy 22 (2002), 125-47.
• D.T. Runia, Philo and the Timaeus of Plato (Leiden: 1986).
• S. Sandmel, Philo of Alexandria: an Introduction (New York: 1979).
• K. Schenck, A Brief Guide to Philo (Louisville: 2005).
• H.A. Wolfson, Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Cambridge, MA: 1948).