Method in Ancient Philosophy

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

EditorJyl Gentzler

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Method in Ancient Philosophy brings together fifteen new, specially written essays by leading scholars on a broad subject of central importance. It is characteristic of human beings that they direct their activities by reasoning. Methods of reasoning, even toward the same ends, vary.Self-conscious reflection on the methods of reasoning marks the beginning of philosophy in the West; examination of how the ancient Greeks reasoned, and how they thought about methods of reasoning, helps us to see how they came to hold the views they did, and how we have come to think as we do. Forthe views of the ancients have had a considerable influence upon our own assumptions about the demarcations between different kinds of enquiry and the sorts of methods that are appropriate for them. The aims of the volume are thus both exegetical and philosophical. Most of the essays focus onSocrates, Plato, or Aristotle, but earlier and later ancient philosophy is brought into the picture by essays on Eleatic and Epicurean thought.

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Method in Ancient Philosophy brings together fifteen new, specially written essays by leading scholars on a broad subject of central importance. It is characteristic of human beings that they direct their activities by reasoning. Methods of reasoning, even toward the same ends, vary.Self-conscious reflection on the methods of reasonin...

Jyl Gentzler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Amherst College, Massachusetts.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198235712

ISBN - 13:9780198235712

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Preface1:. Patricia Curd: Eleatic Arguments2:. T. H. Irwin: Common Sense and Socratic Method3:. Ian Mueller: Platonism and the Study of Nature4:. Robert Bolton: Plato's Discovery of Metaphysics: The New Methodos of the Phaedo5:. A. A. Long: Plato's Apologies and Socrates in the Theaetetus 6:. Gail Fine: Burnyeat on Plato's Refutation of Protagoras7:. Constance C. Meinwald: Prometheus Bounds: Peras and Apeiron in Plato's Philebus8:. Lesley Brown: Innovation and Continuity: The Battle of Gods versus Giants, Sophist 245-2499:. Gisela Striker: Aristotle and the Uses of Logic10:. C. D. C. Reeve: Dialectic and Philosophy in Aristotle11:. Charlotte Witt: Teleology in Aristotelian Science and Metaphysics12:. Richard Kraut: Aristotle on Method and Moral Education13:. Sarah Broadie: Beginnings and Ends of Aristotelian Deliberation14: Epicurean Inferences: The Evidence of Philodemus. James Allen: 15: Techniques and Dialectic: Method in Greek and Chinese Mathematics and Medicine. G. E. R. Lloyd: Index

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The papers collected in IMethod in Ancient PhilosophyI are generally of high quality and the book as a whole has something to offer for almost any student of ancient philosophy./ Keimpe Algra, Phronesis, XLIV/ 2, 1999.