Rationality in Greek Thought

Paperback | October 7, 1999

EditorMichael Frede, Gisela Striker

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Rationality in Greek Thought, a collection of specially written essays by leading international scholars, re-examines ancient ideas of reason and rationality. Conceptions of reason, rationality, and reasonableness have changed considerably over time, and scholars have all too easily projected contemporary ideas of reason onto ancient thought. This tendency has made it impossible for us fully to understand either the central tenets of ancient philosopherslike Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics, or empiricist tendencies in ancient thought. Rationality in Greek Thought examines distinctive aspects of ancient conceptions of reason, sharpening awareness of the considerable conceptual change, and helping to remove a serious obstacle to a full understanding of ancient philosophical texts. At the same time, the essays stimulate areassessment of our own ideas of reason and rationality, helping us set them in historical context and explore alternatives to them.

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Rationality in Greek Thought, a collection of specially written essays by leading international scholars, re-examines ancient ideas of reason and rationality. Conceptions of reason, rationality, and reasonableness have changed considerably over time, and scholars have all too easily projected contemporary ideas of reason onto ancient ...

Michael Frede is at University of Oxford. Gisela Striker is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:October 7, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198250029

ISBN - 13:9780198250029

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Table of Contents

Michael Frede: Introduction1. Dorothea Frede: The Philosophical Economy of Plato's Psychology: Rationality and Common Concepts in the Timaeus2. David Furley: What Kind of Cause is Aristotle's Final Cause?3. John Cooper: Reason, Moral Virtue, and Moral Value4. Jacques Brunschwig: Rule and Exception: On the Aristotelian Theory of Equity5. Michael Frede: Aristotle's Rationalism6. Jonathan Barnes: Grammar on Aristotle's Terms7. Gisela Striker: Perfection and Reduction in Aristotle's Prior Analytics8: Epilogismos: An Appraisal9. Julia Annas: Scepticism, Old and New10. G. E. R. Lloyd: Theories and Practices of Demonstration in Galen11. Mario Mignucci: Ammonius on Future Contingent Propositions12. Richard Sorabji: RationalityIndex

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`The editors have assembled a powerful team to explore the ancient philosophers' understanding of rationality ... All the essays are uniformly of high standard and together make a satisfying volume ... It would be a fine tribute to Patzig if this book inspired other scholars to continue thedebate about whether ancient rationality was the same as ours.'Times Higher Education Supplement