Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds: A History of Philosophy without any gaps, Volume 2 by Peter AdamsonPhilosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds: A History of Philosophy without any gaps, Volume 2 by Peter Adamson

Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds: A History of Philosophy without any gaps, Volume 2

byPeter Adamson

Hardcover | August 12, 2015

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Peter Adamson offers an accessible, humorous tour through a period of eight hundred years when some of the most influential of all schools of thought were formed: from the third century BC to the sixth century AD. He introduces us to Cynics and Skeptics, Epicureans and Stoics, emperors andslaves, and traces the development of Christian and Jewish philosophy and of ancient science. Chapters are devoted to such major figures as Epicurus, Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus, and Augustine. But in keeping with the motto of the series, the story is told "without any gaps," providing an in-depth look at less familiar topics that remains suitable for the general reader. Forinstance, there are chapters on the fascinating but relatively obscure Cyrenaic philosophical school, on pagan philosophical figures like Porphyry and Iamblichus, and extensive coverage of the Greek and Latin Christian Fathers who are at best peripheral in most surveys of ancient philosophy. A major theme of the book is in fact the competition between pagan and Christian philosophy in this period, and the Jewish tradition also appears in the shape of Philo of Alexandria. Ancient science is also considered, with chapters on ancient medicine and the interaction between philosophy andastronomy. Considerable attention is paid also to the wider historical context, for instance by looking at the ascetic movement in Christianity and how it drew on ideas from Hellenic philosophy. From the counter-cultural witticisms of Diogenes the Cynic to the subtle skepticism of Sextus Empiricus,from the irreverent atheism of the Epicureans to the ambitious metaphysical speculation of Neoplatonism, from the ethical teachings of Marcus Aurelius to the political philosophy of Augustine, the book gathers together all aspects of later ancient thought in an accessible and entertainingway.
Peter Adamson took his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and first worked at King's College London. In 2012 he moved to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, where he is Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy. He has published widely in ancient and medieval philosophy, especially on Neoplatonism and on philoso...
Title:Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds: A History of Philosophy without any gaps, Volume 2Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:August 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198728026

ISBN - 13:9780198728023

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Introduction Like his previous work, this volume provides an exceptional introduction to philosophy during this time period. It is easy to read this book in short sittings, as the chapters are quite short, but cover a lot of material. Furthermore, Adamson is a friendly writer; he does not use heavy words or academic writing in this book, which is helpful for those who are not versed in the academic tradition but still wish to learn about philosophy.
Date published: 2017-09-03