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A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

ISBN: 978-0-631-21061-0
832 pages
June 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Ancient Philosophy provides a comprehensive and current overview of the history of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy from its origins until late antiquity.
  • Comprises an extensive collection of original essays, featuring contributions from both rising stars and senior scholars of ancient philosophy
  • Integrates analytic and continental traditions
  • Explores the development of various disciplines, such as mathematics, logic, grammar, physics, and medicine, in relation to ancient philosophy
  • Includes an illuminating introduction, bibliography, chronology, maps and an index
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Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Abbreviations.

Chronology.

Maps.

Introduction.

Part I: Early Greek Philosophy.

1. The Beginnings of Science and Philosophy in Archaic Greece (Edward Hussey).

2. Ancient Philosophy and the Doxographical Tradition (Jorgen Mejer).

3. Parmenides and After: Unity and Plurality (Patricia Curd).

4. The Concept of the Universal in Some later Pre-Platonic Cosmologists (Alexandefr P. D. Mourleatos).

5. The Sophistic Movement (Rachel Barney).

Part II: Socrates, the Socratics, and Plato.

6. Socrates (Donald R. Morrison).

7. Minor Socratics (Fernanda Declea Caizzi).

8. The Platonic Dialogue (Christopher Gill).

9. Plato's Ethics: Early and Middle Dialogues (Terry Penner).

10. Plato's Political Philosophy: the Republic, the Statesman, and the Laws (Melissa Lane).

11. Plato's Metaphysics and Dialectic (Noburu Notomi).

12. Plato's Natural Philosophy and Metaphysics (Luc Brisson).

Part III: Aristotle.

13. the Aristotelian Way (Pierre Pellegrin).

14. Aristotle's Logic and Theory of Science (Woflgand detel).

15. Aristotle' Physics and Cosmology (Istvan Bodnar and Pierree Pellegrin).

16. Aristotle's Biology and Aristotle's Philosophy (James G. Lennox).

17. Aristotle's Psychology (Victor Caston).

18. First Philosophy in Aristotle (Mary Louise Gill).

19. Aristotle's ethics (Michael Pakaluk).

20. Aristotle's Political Philosophy (David Keyt).

Part IV: Philosophy in the Hellenistic Age.

21. Philosophic Schools in Hellenistic adn Roman Times (Thomas Benatouil).

22. The Problem of Sources (Robert W. Sharples).

23. The New Academy and its Rivals (Carlos Levy).

24. Pyrrhonist (Jacques Brunschwig).

25. Epicureanism (Pierre-Marie Morel).

26. Stoic Logic (Katerina Ierodiakonou).

27. Stoic Ethics (Richard Bett).

28. Hellenistic Cosmopolitanism (Eric Brown).

PART V: Middle and Late Platonism.

29. Middle Platonism (Marco Zambon).

30. Plotinus (Luc Brisson and Jean-Francois Pradeau).

31. What was Commentary in Late Antiquity? The Example of the Neoplatonic Commentators (Philippe Hoffmann).

Part VI: Culture Philosophy, and the Sciences.

32. Greek Philosophy and Religion (Gabor Betegh).

33. Philosophy of Lange (Deborah K. Modrak).

34. Ancient Medicine and its Contribution to the Philosophical Tradition (Pierre Pellegrin).

35. Greek Mathematics to the Time of Euclid (Ian Mueller).

Index Locorum.

General Index.

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Mary Louise Gill is Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Brown University. She is the author of Aristotle on Substance: The Paradox of Unity (1989), Unity, Identity, and Explanation in Aristotle's Metaphysics (co-edited with Theodore Scaltsas and David Charles, 1994), Self-Motion: From Aristotle to Newton (co-edited with James G. Lennox, 1994), and Plato: Parmenides (with Paul Ryan, 1996).

Pierre Pellegrin is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. His authored works include Aristotle's Classification of Animals (1986), and Aristote: Le Philosophe et les Savoirs (2002).

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  • Offers a complete overview of the history of early Greek and Roman philosophy from its origins until late antiquity.
  • Comprises an extensive collection of original essays, featuring contributions from both rising stars and senior scholars of ancient philosophy.
  • Integrates analytic and continental traditions.
  • Explores the development of various disciplines, such as mathematics, logic, grammar, physics, and medicine, in relation to ancient philosophy.
  • Includes an illuminating introduction, bibliography, chronology, maps and an index.
See More
"This companion does a good job of introducing students to the study of ancient philosophy. Since its Editors aim not merely to survey the subject but 'to show how specialists today read the texts of the Greek and Roman philosophers'." (The Classical Review, 2008)

“This Companion does a good job of introducing students to the study of ancient philosophy…This book will give students a sense of what working in the area of ancient philosophy involves and may encourage them to develop some of the requisite skills themselves rather than simply furnish another source for regurgitation.” (The Classical Review, Vol 58 No. 1 2008)

"[T]he Companion draws together a wealth of material, presented in accordance with the most recent scholarly standards for the interpretation of ancient philosophical texts. The Companion will be an excellent source-book for students interested in the study of ancient philosophy, as well as for scholars who are rethinking their views on well-known problems by considering the new perspectives offered." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

"A Companion to Ancient Philosophy is an extremely valuable aid for those interested in the study of ancient philosophy. The articles, written by leading figures in the field, provide the reader with a clear picture of the state of contemporary scholarship on all aspects of philosophy in the ancient world."
Daniel Devereux, University of Virginia

"This is an essential book not only for its information content, but equally importantly, for its elucidation of research methodology. It offers something fresh and original even to those who have studied the field for a lifetime."
Enrico Berti, Università degli Studi di Padova

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