Essays On Ancient Philosophy

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy I

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Hardcover696 pages
Release Date: June 1971
ISBN10: 0-87395-050-X
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-050-3

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Paperback696 pages
Release Date: February 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6326-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6326-0

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The essays in this volume treat a wide variety of fundamental topics and problems in ancient Greek philosophy. The scope of the section on pre-Socratic thought ranges over the views which these thinkers have on such areas of concern as religion, natural philosophy and science, cosmic periods, the nature of elements, theory of names, the concept of plurality, and the philosophy of mind.

The papers dealing with the Platonic dialogues examine with unusual care a great number of central themes and discuss them in considerable depth: problems in language and logic, myth, reason, hypothesis, eros, friendship, reason, morality, society, art, the nature of soul, and immortality; in addition, they offer fresh discussions on a number of basic morphological, methodological, and philological issues related to philosophical arguments and introduce new aspects for a critical reexamination of controversies surrounding the doctrines and the authenticity of certain Platonic works.

The essays on the philosophy of Aristotle are closely reasoned analyses of such basic themes as the universality of the sensible, the nature of kinesis, the problem of future contingencies, the meaning of qualitative change, the doctrine of phantasia, the essence of intelligence and the metaphysical foundations for the ethical life.

The essays on post-Aristotelian developments in ancient philosophy offer challenging and well-documented discussions on topics in the history of ancient logic, categorical thought, the ethical doctrines of ancient Scepticism, epistemological issues in the physical theory of the Epicureans, and basic concepts in the metaphysics of the neo-platonists.

R. E. Allen, University of Toronto
John P. Anton, Emory University
Guido Calogero, Universita degli Studi di Roma
Phillip DeLacy, University of Pennsylvania
David J. Furley, Princeton University
David Gallop, University of Toronto
Thomas Gould, The University of Texas at Austin
Robert W. Hall, University of Vermont
Charles H. Kahn, University of Pennsylvania
Edward N. Lee, The University of Texas at Austin
Donald Norman Levin, Rice University
Ronald B. Levinson, University of Maine at Orono
Edwin L. Minar, Jr., DePauw University
J.M.E. Moravcsik, Stanford University
Alexander P. D. Mourelatos, The University of Texas at Austin
Michael J. O'Brien, Yale University
Martin Ostwald, Swarthmore College
Jospeh Owens, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto
Arthur L. Peck, Christ College, Cambridge
George Kimball Plochmann, Southern Illinois University
D. A. Rees, Jesus College, Oxford
Margaret E. Reesor, Queen's University
H. A. T. Reiche, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A. N. M. Rich, University of Bristol
John M. Rist, University of Toronto
John Robinson, Windham College
Thomas M. Robinson, University of Toronto
Thomas G. Rosenmeyer, University of California, Berkeley
Rosamond Kent Sprague, University of South Carolina
Leonardo Taran, Columbia University
Richard Taylor, University of Rochester
G. Verbeke, Universite catholique de Louvain
Gregory Vlastos, Princeton University
Kurt von Fritz, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat-Munchen
Leonard Woodbury, University of Toronto

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To understand ancient philosophy “in its concrete, complex detail,” Michael Frede says, “one has also to look at all the other histories to which it is tied by an intricate web of casual connections which run both ways.” Frede’s distinctive approach to the history of ancient philosophy is closely tied to his specific interests within the field - the Hellenistic philosophers and those of late antiquity, who are the primary subjects of this book. Long ignored or even maligned, the Stoics and Skeptics, medical philosophers, and grammarians are extremely interesting once their actual views are reconstructed and it is possible to recognize their ties to earlier and later philosophical thought. Refusing to study them as paradigms of achievement, or to seek purely philosophical explanations for their views, Frede draws instead upon those “other histories” - of religion, social structure, law and politics - to illuminate their work and to show how it was interpreted and transformed by succeeding generations.

eISBN: 978-0-8166-5573-1

Subjects: Philosophy


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