John J. Cleary (1949 - 2009) |
| IN MEMORIAM:
On 12 April 2009 Ireland lost a consummate human being – a philosopher of
tremendous acumen and a man of great kindness and integrity. Professor John
Cleary’s influence touched the lives of colleagues and students all over the
world, and not least in his home departments of NUI Maynooth and Boston College.
He approached each endeavour with courage, zeal, optimism and fortitude, and all of
these qualities were certainly evident as Professor Cleary faced his final days.
As a scholar of ancient philosophy, Professor Cleary was interested and well
versed in all aspects of the discipline from the Presocratics through to the Neoplatonists,
but his two specialties were Aristotle’s theory of mathematics, and Greek education,
or the paidea project.
He taught both at Boston College since 1981 and at the National University of
Ireland – Maynooth since 1991. He was the author of many excellent books,
including Aristotle and Mathematics: Aporetic Method in Cosmology and Metaphysics
(published by Brill in 1995) and Aristotle on the Many Senses of Priority
(published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1988), the editor of The
Perennial Tradition of Neoplatonism (Louvain, 1997) and Traditions of Platonism:
Essays in Honour of John Dillon (Ashgate, 1999), and author of numerous articles
on ancient philosophy, including “Proclus as a Reader of Plato’s Timaeus”,
in Reading Plato in Antiquity (edited by H. Tarrant & D. Baltzly, 2006) and
“Proclus’s Philosophy of Mathematics”, in La Philosophie des Mathématiques
de l’Antiquité tardive (edited by G. Bechtle & D. O’Meara, 2000). He was a
founding editor of the Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient
Philosophy, was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy, served as executive
secretary of Dublin Centre for Study of the Platonic Tradition, and was an active member of ISNS.
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