Classical Philosophy

Paperback | September 15, 1999

EditorTerence Irwin

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This Oxford Reader seeks to introduce some of the main philosophical questions raised by the Greek and Roman philosophers of classical antiquity. Selections from the writings of ancient philosophers are interspersed with Terence Irwin's incisive commentary, and sometimes with contributionsfrom modern philosophers expounding relevant philosophical positions or discussing particular aspects of classical philosophy. The arrangement of the book is thematic, rather than chronological, allowing the reader to focus on philosophical problems and ideas, but a general introduction placesphilosophers and schools within their historical context. Irwin brings together contributions which shaped debates about knowledge, freedom, ethics, politics, and religious belief - debates which continue to be contested today, 2500 years from their conception.

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How do you define the human soulWhat makes humans different from the rest of the animal kingdom? Philosophers have been grappling with this and other deeply perplexing questions for centuries. Terence Irwin compiles a sample of the basic ponderances and perplexities that have captured the imaginations of such great minds as Aristotle, ...

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This Oxford Reader seeks to introduce some of the main philosophical questions raised by the Greek and Roman philosophers of classical antiquity. Selections from the writings of ancient philosophers are interspersed with Terence Irwin's incisive commentary, and sometimes with contributionsfrom modern philosophers expounding relevant ph...

Terence Irwin is Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University. His books include Plato's Ethics (1995), Aristotle's First Principles (1988), Classical Thought (1988), and editions of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Plato's Gorgias.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:442 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I Introduction; II Nature, change, and cause: Natural philosophy before Plato; III Origins of scepticism: Knowledge and belief in early Greek philosophy; IV Knowledge and belief: from Socrates to Scepticism; V Knowledge, belief, and forms: Socrates and Plato; VI Form and matter: Aristotle andStoicism; VII Knowledge and belief: Answers to Scepticism; VIII Soul and body; IX Free will; X Good, pleasure, and happiness; XI Knowledge and desire in virtue; XII The good of others; XIII Virtue and happiness; XIV Political theory; XV Philosophy and theology; Index of authors; Further Reading;General Index.

From Our Editors

How do you define the human soulWhat makes humans different from the rest of the animal kingdom? Philosophers have been grappling with this and other deeply perplexing questions for centuries. Terence Irwin compiles a sample of the basic ponderances and perplexities that have captured the imaginations of such great minds as Aristotle, Plato, Piaget and Marx in Classical Philosophy.

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`Commentary is achieved through a series of remarkable introductions ... each edition is a mini-masterpiece of compression.'Robin Waterfield, The Heythrop Journal, Vol.41, No.4.