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Ancient Voyage

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ISBN-10: 053456125X

ISBN-13: 9780534561253

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: William F. Lawhead

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Highly praised by reviewers for its clarity and rich exposition, this history of philosophy text illustrates philosophy as a process and not just a collection of opinions or conclusions. Lawhead helps students retrace the philosopher's intellectual journey rather than simply giving a report of the results so that the students see how the problems arose. Thus the philosopher's problem becomes a puzzle which the student has to face. Lawhead uses metaphors, analogies, vivid images, concrete examples, common experiences, and diagrams to bring the abstract issues down to earth and show the practical implications and contemporary relevance of positions.
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Book details

List price: $132.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction to The Ancient Voyage
The Greek Cultural Context: From Poetry to Philosophy
The Role of the Poets
The Natural Order According to Homer
The Moral Ideal According to Homer
Conflicts Within Homer's Picture
The Birth of Western Philosophy
Outline of Classical Philosophy
Greek Philosophy Before Socrates
The Milesian Philosophers
Thales' Question
Thales' Answer
The Problem of Change
Thales' Significance
Anaximander's Question
Anaximander's Answer
The Problem of Change
Anaximander's Significance
Anaximenes' Question
Anaximenes' Answer
The Problem of Change
Anaximenes' Significance
Summary of the Milesians' Methods
Summary of the Milesians' Metaphysics
Pythagoras and His School
Pythagoras: Mathematician and Mystic
Philosophy and Salvation
Reality Is Mathematical
The Pythagoreans' Significance
The Destroyer of Myths
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Religion
Xenophanes' Significance
The Lover of Paradoxes
Reason Is the Path to Knowledge
Reality as Change and Conflict
The Primacy of Change
The Unity of Opposites
Logos Again
Moral and Social Philosophy
Heraclitus's Significance
Parmenides and the Eleatics
Parmenides: The Rigorous Rationalist
Reality Is Unchanging
Reason Versus the Senses
Zeno of Elea: Coming to Parmenides' Defense
Evaluation and Significance of the Eleatics
The Pluralists
The Pluralists' Task
Evaluation of Anaxagoras
Democritus and the Atomists
The World of Appearances
Theory of Knowledge
Significance of the Atomists
Summary of the Pre-Socratics
The Sophists and Socrates
The Sophists
Skepticism and the Keys to Success
Evaluation and Significance of the Sophists
Socrates on Trial
The Sources of Socrates' Thought
Socrates' Task: Exposing Ignorance
Socrates' Method
Socratic Questioning
Socrates' Method of Argument
Socrates' Theory of Knowledge
Socrates' Metaphysics
The Human Soul
Ethics and the Good Life
Virtue and Excellence
Knowing and Doing
Political Philosophy
Socrates' Legacy
Plato: The Search for Ultimate Truth and Reality
Plato's Life: From Student to University President
Plato's Task: Making Philosophy Comprehensive
Theory of Knowledge: Reason Versus Opinion
Rejection of Relativism
Rejection of Sense Experience
Knowledge Is Not True Belief
Universal Forms Are the Basis of Knowledge
Knowledge Comes Through Recollection
Plato's Divided Line
Metaphysics: Shadows and Reality
The Reality of the Forms
The Problem of Change
The Relationship of Particulars to the Forms
The Allegory of the Cave
Moral Theory
Against Relativism
Why Be Moral?
Morality and Human Nature
Political Theory
The Three Divisions in Society
The Decline of the Ideal State
Plato's Cosmology: Purpose and Chance
Evaluation and Significance
Aristotle: Understanding the Natural World
Aristotle's Life: Biologist, Tutor, and Philosopher
Plato and Aristotle
Theory of Knowledge: Finding Universals Within Particulars
Aristotle's Appeal to Experience
Language, Thought, and Reality
The Essential Categories
The Discovery of Logic
First Principles
Metaphysics: Understanding the Here-and-Now World
Critique of the Platonic Forms
Substance: The Key to Reality
Form and Matter
Potentiality and Actuality
Understanding Change
God: The Unmoved Mover
Ethics: Keeping Things in Balance
Virtue Is a State of Character
Virtue Is Concerned with Choice
Virtue and the Mean
Universal Principles and Relative Applications
The Mean Determined by Practical Wisdom
The Best Form of Life
Evaluation and Significance
Classical Philosophy After Aristotle
The Transition to Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy
Epicurean Metaphysics
Ethics and Pleasure
Epicurean Social Philosophy
Religion and Death
The Significance of the Epicureans
Comparison of Epicureanism and Stoicism
Stoic Metaphysics
Ethics and Resignation
Stoic Social Philosophy
The Roman Stoics
The Significance of the Stoics
Academic Skepticism
The Revival of Pyrrhonian Skepticism
The Significance of Skepticism
Plotinus and Neoplatonism
The One
The Material World
The Problem of Evil
The Way of Ascent
The Significance of Neoplatonism