By Myrto Hatzimichali
Eclecticism is an idea wide-spread within the heritage of historic philosophy to explain the highbrow stance of numerous thinkers equivalent to Plutarch, Cicero and Seneca. during this publication the historic and interpretative difficulties linked to eclecticism are for the 1st time approached from the perspective of the single self-described eclectic thinker from antiquity, Potamo of Alexandria. The proof is tested intimately with regards to the philosophical and wider highbrow historical past of the interval. Potamo's perspectives are put within the context of key debates on the leading edge of overdue Hellenistic philosophical job to which he contributed, similar to the criterion of fact, the 1st ideas in physics, the ethical finish and the translation of Aristotle's esoteric works. The emergence of eclecticism is therefore taken care of in reference to the key shift in philosophical pursuits and strategies that marked the passage from Hellenistic to Imperial philosophy.