Method and Metaphysics: Essays in Ancient Philosophy I

Paperback | March 12, 2015

byJonathan Barnes

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Method and Metaphysics presents twenty-six essays in ancient philosophy by Jonathan Barnes, one of the most admired and influential scholars of his generation. The essays span four decades of his career, and are drawn from a wide variety of sources: many of them will be relatively unknown evento specialists in ancient philosophy. Several essays are now translated from the original French and made available in English for the first time; others have been substantially revised for republication.The volume opens with eight essays about the interpretation of ancient philosophical texts, and about the relationship between philosophy and its history. The next five essays examine the methods of ancient philosophers. The third section comprises thirteen essays about metaphysical topics, from thePresocratics to the late Platonists. This collection will be a rich feast for students and scholars of ancient philosophy.

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Method and Metaphysics presents twenty-six essays in ancient philosophy by Jonathan Barnes, one of the most admired and influential scholars of his generation. The essays span four decades of his career, and are drawn from a wide variety of sources: many of them will be relatively unknown evento specialists in ancient philosophy. Sever...

Jonathan Barnes was educated at the City of London School and at Balliol College. For 25 years he taught at Oxford, being a Fellow first of Oriel and then of Balliol. He then spent eight years at the University of Geneva, before becoming Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Sorbonne. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:634 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Ancient philosophers2. The history of philosophy3. Philosophy within quotation marks?4. Anglophone attitudes5. Brentano's Aristotle6. Heidegger in the cave7. 'There was an old person from Tyre'8. The Presocratics in context9. Argument in ancient philosophy10. Philosophy and dialectic11. Aristotle and the methods of ethics12. Metacommentary13. An introduction to Aspasius14. Parmenides and the Eleatic One15. Reason and necessity in Leucippus16. Plato's cyclical argument17. Death and the philosopher18. Aristotelian arithmetic19. The principle of plenitude20. 'Aristotle's opinion concerning destiny and what is up to us'21. 'Belief is up to us'22. The same again: the Stoics and eternal recurrence23. Bits and pieces24. Partial wholes25. 'Drei Sonnen sahe ich': Syrianus and astronomy26. Immaterial causesBibliographyIndexes

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"This volume collects several invaluable essays not only for the specialist or those interested in ancient philosophy or the history of philosophy. It is also a source of exegetical and conceptual riches in the form of rigorous discussions of crucial philosophical problems, theses, andarguments. Even the papers which are reviews of other theorists' works are characterized not only by astute critical spirit but also by a wealth of positive proposals ... Barnes's volume of collected papers on method and metaphysics is indispensable: it contains works of scholarly excellence,advances arguments of admirable clarity and cogency, and raises all the crucial questions growing out of the fields it examines. The volume itself is beautifully presented, includes new footnotes with helpful citations of most of the original Greek texts discussed, and retains (in brackets) thepagination of the papers in their original place of publication." --Michail Peramatzis, Mind