Definition in Greek Philosophy by David CharlesDefinition in Greek Philosophy by David Charles

Definition in Greek Philosophy

EditorDavid Charles

Paperback | April 27, 2014

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Socrates' greatest philosophical contribution was to have initiated the search for definitions. In Definition in Greek Philosophy his views on definition are examined, together with those of his successors, including Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Galen, the Sceptics and Plotinus. Althoughdefinition was a major pre-occupation for many Greek philosophers, it has rarely been treated as a separate topic in its own right in recent years. This volume, which contains fourteen new essays by leading scholars, aims to reawaken interest in a number of central and relatively unexplored issuesconcerning definition. These issues are briefly set out in the Introduction, which also seeks to point out scholarly and philosophical questions which merit further study.
David Charles has been a Fellow in Philosophy at Oriel College, University of Oxford, from 1978 and a Research Professor since 2006. He has held Visiting Professorships at Rutgers, U.C.L.A., Tokyo Metropolitan, and Venice Universities and has written on various aspects of Aristotle's philosophy and on issues in contemporary action the...
Title:Definition in Greek PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:568 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:April 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

David Charles: IntroductionPart A: Plato on definition1. Lindsay Judson: Carried Away in the Euthyphro2. Vasilis Politis: Explanation and Essence in Plato's Phaedo3. David Charles: The Paradox in the Meno and Aristotle's Attempts to Resolve it4. Lesley Brown: Division and Definition in the Sophist5. Mary Louise Gill: Division and Definition in Plato's Sophist and StatesmanPart B: Aristotle on Definition6. Kei Chiba: Aristotle on Essence and Defining Phrase in his Dialectic7. Deborah Modrak: Nominal Definition in Aristotle, his successors and his predecessors8. David Charles: Definition and Explanation in the Posterior Analytics (and beyond)9. James Lennox: Bios and Explanatory Unity in Aristotle's BiologyPart C: Post-Aristotelian writers on definition10. Paolo Crivelli: The Stoics on Definition11. Richard Sorabji: The Aristotelian Commentators on Definition12. Jane Hood: Galen's Aristotelian definitions13. Annamaria Schiaparelli: Definition and Explanation in Plotinus: Some Problems14. Gail Fine: Sceptical enquiry

Editorial Reviews

"All of the pieces advance our understanding of ancient Greek thought in important ways. College libraries should prize the book; it would also serve as an excellent text for graduate classes in ancient Greek philosophy. For scholars in logic and critical thinking, it would be a great asset tounderstanding how many contemporary issues have ancient precedents." --Philosophy in Review