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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A045-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Doxography is a term describing the method of recording opinions (doxai) of philosophers frequently employed by ancient Greek writers on philosophy. It can also refer to texts or passages consisting of such accounts. The ancient tradition of doxographical writing finds its origin in the dialectical method of Aristotle and Theophrastus. Later works by authors such as Aëtius and Arius Didymus record much valuable material on ancient philosophers, although usually with little analysis or argumentation. Doxographical passages are also found in other ancient philosophical works, usually as a prelude to the discussion of a theme.

Citing this article:
Runia, David T.. Doxography, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A045-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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