Ancient Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0198752725

ISBN-13: 9780198752721

Edition: 2006

Authors: Anthony Kenny

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Sir Anthony Kenny here tells the fascinating story of the birth of philosophy and its remarkable flourishing in the ancient Mediterranean world. This is the initial volume of a four-book set in which Kenny will unfold a magisterial new history of Western philosophy, the first major single-author history of philosophy to appear in decades. Ancient Philosophy spans over a thousand years and brings to life the great minds of the past, from Thales, Pythagoras, and Parmenides, to Socrates, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Augustine. The book's great virtue is that it is written by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject. Instead of an uncritical, straightforward recitation of known facts--Plato and his cave of shadows, Aristotle's ethics, Augustine's City of God--we see the major philosophers through the eyes of a man who has spent a lifetime contemplating their work. Thus we do not simply get an overview of Aristotle, for example, but a penetrating and insightful critique of his thought. Kenny offers an illuminating account of the various schools of thought, from the Pre-Socratics to the Epicureans. He examines the development of logic and reason, ancient ideas about physics ("how things happen"), metaphysics and ethics, and the earliest thinking about the soul and god. Vividly written, but serious and deep enough to offer a genuine understanding of the great philosophers, Kenny's lucid and stimulating history will become the definitive work for anyone interested in the people and ideas that shaped the course of Western thought.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Beginnings: From Pythagoras to Plato
The Four Causes
The Milesians
The Pythagoreans
Parmenides and the Eleatics
The Atomists
The Sophists
The Socrates of Xenophon
The Socrates of Plato
Socrates' Own Philosophy
From Socrates to Plato
The Theory of Ideas
Plato's Republic
The Laws and the Timaeus
Schools of Thought: From Aristotle to Augustine
Aristotle in the Academy
Aristotle the Biologist
The Lyceum and its Curriculum
Aristotle on Rhetoric and Poetry
Aristotle's Ethical Treatises
Aristotle's Political Theory
Aristotle's Cosmology
The Legacy of Aristotle and Plato
Aristotle's School
Scepticism in the Academy
Judaism and Christianity
The Imperial Stoa
Early Christian Philosophy
The Revival of Platonism and Aristotelianism
Plotinus and Augustine
How to Argue: Logic
Aristotle's Syllogistic
The de Interpretatione and the Categories
Aristotle on Time and Modality
Stoic Logic
Knowledge and its Limits: Epistemology
Presocratic Epistemology
Socrates, Knowledge, and Ignorance
Knowledge in the Theaetetus
Knowledge and Ideas
Aristotle on Science and Illusion
Epicurean Epistemology
Stoic Epistemology
Academic Scepticism
Pyrrhonian Scepticism
How Things Happen: Physics
The Continuum
Aristotle on Place
Aristotle on Motion
Aristotle on Time
Aristotle on Causation and Change
The Stoics on Causality
Causation and Determinism
Determinism and Freedom
What There Is: Metaphysics
Parmenides' Ontology
Plato's Ideas and their Troubles
Aristotelian Forms
Essence and Quiddity
Being and Existence
Soul and Mind
Pythagoras' Metempsychosis
Perception and Thought
Immortality in Plato's Phaedo
The Anatomy of the Soul
Plato on Sense-Perception
Aristotle's Philosophical Psychology
Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind
Will, Mind, and Soul in Late Antiquity
How to Live: Ethics
Democritus the Moralist
Socrates on Virtue
Plato on Justice and Pleasure
Aristotle on Eudaimonia
Aristotle on Moral and Intellectual Virtue
Pleasure and Happiness
The Hedonism of Epicurus
Stoic Ethics
Xenophanes' Natural Theology
Socrates and Plato on Piety
Plato's Evolving Theology
Aristotle's Unmoved Movers
The Gods of Epicurus and the Stoics
On Divination and Astrology
The Trinity of Plotinus
List of Abbreviations and Conventions
List of Illustrations
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