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This paper deals with the criticisms that Iamblichus levels against his predecessors. His differences with his predecessors are not as great as he tries to make them. His criticisms consist largely of reformulations and more exact specifications. He takes his stand as a conservative, preserving the purity of Platonism against Porphyry or Amelius.


John M. Dillon presented "Iamblichus' Criticism of his Immediate Predecessors" at the meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy with the American Philological Association in Philadelphia in December 1972. This material was reworked for the introduction to J. M. Dillon & W. Poleichtner, Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters. Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.

For information about the author, see Wikipedia, "John M. Dillon."