From Epicurus to Epictetus: Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy

Paperback | September 14, 2006

byA. A. Long

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A.A. Long, one of the world's leading writers on ancient philosophy, presents eighteen essays on the philosophers and schools of the Hellenistic and Roman periods---Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics. The discussion ranges over four centuries of innovative and challenging thought in ethics andpolitics, psychology, epistemology, and cosmology.In iFrom Epicurus to Epictetus/i, Long's focus is on the distinctive contributions and methodologies of individual thinkers, notably Epicurus, Zeno, Pyrrho, Arcesilaus, Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca, and Epictetus. Placing their philosophy in its cultural context, and considering it in relation to theearlier ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, he invites his readers to imagine themselves choosing between Stoicism and Epicureanism as philosophies of life. All but one of these pieces has been previously published in periodicals or conference volumes, but the author has revised and updatedeverything, and has also added postscripts to many of the essays. This is a book not only for scholars and experts but also, thanks to the author's accessible style, for everyone interested in understanding the legacy and continuing relevance of ancient thought.

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A.A. Long, one of the world's leading writers on ancient philosophy, presents eighteen essays on the philosophers and schools of the Hellenistic and Roman periods---Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics. The discussion ranges over four centuries of innovative and challenging thought in ethics andpolitics, psychology, epistemology, and cosmo...

A. A. Long is a Professor in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. He has been a visiting professor at many other European universities, including most recently appointment as Belle van Zuylen Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utrecht. His other books include iHellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:September 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsCitations and AbbreviationsPart One: General1. Hellenistic ethics and philosophical power2. Hellenistics ethics as the art of lifePart Two: Scepticism3. Aristotle and the history of Greek scepticism4. Timon: Pyrrhonist and satirist Timon: Pyrrhonist and Timon: Pyrrhonist and satirist Timon: Pyrrhonist and satirist Timon:Pyrrhonist and satirist5. Arcesilaus in his time and place6. Scepticism about gods in Hellenistic philosophy7. Astrology: arguments pro and contraPart Three: Epicureanism8. Chance and laws of nature in Epicureanism9. Lucretius and the Epicurean self10. Pleasure and social utility - the virtues of being EpicureanPart Four: Early Stoicism11. Zeno's epistemology and Plato's iTheaetetus/i12. Stoic psychology and the elucidation of language13. The Stoics on world-Conflagration and everlasting recurrencePart Five: Cicero, and Roman Stoicism14. Cicero's Plato and Aristotle15. Cicero's politics in iDe officiis/i16. Stoic philosophers on persons, property ownership and community17. Seneca on the self: why now?18. Epictetus on understanding and managing emotionsiBibliographyIndex of subjectsIndex locorum/i