The Great Conversation: Volume I: Pre-Socratics through Descartes by Norman MelchertThe Great Conversation: Volume I: Pre-Socratics through Descartes by Norman Melchert

The Great Conversation: Volume I: Pre-Socratics through Descartes

byNorman Melchert

Paperback | January 29, 2014

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Ideal for courses in ancient philosophy or ancient and medieval philosophy, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Volume I: Pre-Socratics through Descartes, Seventh Edition, covers the same material as the first half (chapters 1-13) of author Norman Melchert's longervolume, The Great Conversation. Tracing the exchange of ideas between history's key philosophers, it demonstrates that while constructing an argument or making a claim, one philosopher almost always has others in mind. It addresses the fundamental questions of human life: Who are we? What can weknow? How should we live? and What sort of reality do we inhabit? Author Norman Melchert provides a generous selection of excerpts from major philosophical works and makes them more easily understandable to students with his lucid and engaging explanations. Extensive cross-referencing shows students how philosophers respond appreciatively or critically to thethoughts of other philosophers. The text is enhanced by two types of exercises--"Basic Questions" and "For Further Thought"--and numerous illustrations. Also available to suit your course needs: The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Seventh Edition (combined volume covering the Pre-Socratics through Derrida, Quine, and Dennett) and The Great Conversation: Volume II: Descartes through Derrida and Quine (includes chapters12-26 of the combined volume).
Norman Melchert is Selfridge Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and a former Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University.
Title:The Great Conversation: Volume I: Pre-Socratics through DescartesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

* = New to this EditionA Word to InstructorsA Word to StudentsAcknowledgmentsTimeline1. Before Philosophy: Myth in Hesiod and HomerHesiod: War among the GodsHomer: Heroes, Gods, and Excellence2. Philosophy before SocratesThales: The One as WaterAnaximander: The One as the BoundlessXenophanes: The Gods as FictionsSketch: PythagorasHeraclitus: Oneness in the LogosProfile: The TaoParmenides: Only the OneZeno: The Paradoxes of Common SenseAtomism: The One and the Many ReconciledThe Key: An AmbiguityThe WorldThe SoulHow to Live3. The Sophists: Rhetoric and Relativism in AthensDemocracyThe Persian WarsThe SophistsRhetoricRelativismPhysis and NomosAthens and Sparta at WarAristophanes and Reaction4. Socrates: To Know OneselfCharacterIs Socrates a Sophist?What Socrates "Knows"We Ought to Search for TruthHuman Excellence Is KnowledgeAll Wrongdoing Is Due to IgnoranceThe Most Important Thing of All is to Care for Your Soul5. The Trial and Death of SocratesEuthyphroTranslator's IntroductionThe DialogueCommentary and QuestionsApologyTranslator's IntroductionThe DialogueCommentary and QuestionsCritoTranslator's IntroductionThe DialogueCommentary and QuestionsPhaedo (Death Scene)Translator's IntroductionThe DialogueCommentary and Questions6. Plato: Knowing the Real and the GoodKnowledge and OpinionMaking the DistinctionWe Do Know Certain TruthsThe Objects of KnowledgeThe Reality of the FormsThe World and the FormsHow Forms Are Related to the WorldLower and Higher FormsThe Form of the GoodThe Love of WisdomWhat Wisdom IsLove and WisdomThe SoulThe Immortality of the SoulThe Structure of the SoulMoralityThe StateProblems with the Forms7. Aristotle: The Reality of the WorldAristotle and PlatoOtherworldlinessThe Objects of KnowledgeHuman NatureRelativism and SkepticismEthicsLogic and KnowledgeTerms and StatementsTruthReasons Why: The SyllogismKnowing First PrinciplesThe WorldNatureThe Four "Becauses"Is There Purpose in Nature?TeleolgoyFirst PhilosophyNot Plato's FormsWhat of Mathematics?Substance and FormPure ActualitiesGodThe SoulLevels of SoulSoul and BodyNousThe Good LifeHappinessVirtue or Excellence (Arete)The Role of ReasonResponsibilityThe Highest Good8. Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics: Happiness for the ManyThe EpicureansThe Stoics* Profile: Marcus AureliusThe Skeptics9. Jews and Christians: Sin, Salvation, and LoveBackgroundJesusThe Meaning of Jesus10. Augustine: God and the SoulWisdom, Happiness, and GodGod and the WorldThe Great Chain of BeingEvilTimeHuman Nature and Its CorruptionHuman Nature and Its RestorationAugustine on RelativismThe Two CitiesAugustine and the PhilosophersReason and AuthorityIntellect and WillEpicureans and Stoices11. Anselm and Aquinas: Existence and Essence in God and the WorldAnselm: On That, Than Which No Greater Can Be ConceivedThomas Aquinas: Rethinking AristotleSketch: Avicenna (Ibn Sina)Philosophy and TheologyExistence and EssenceSketch: Averroes (Ibn Rushd)From Creation to GodThe Nature of GodSketch: Maimonides (Moses Ben Maimon)Humans: Their SoulsHumans: Their KnowledgeHumans: Their GoodOckham and Skeptical Doubts--Again12. Moving from Medieval to ModernThe World God Made for UsThe HumanistsReforming the ChurchSkeptical Thoughts RevivedCopernicus to Kepler to Galileo: The Great Triple Play13. Rene Descartes: Doubting Our Way to CertaintyThe MethodMeditations on First PhilosophyMeditation IMeditation IIMeditation IIIMeditation IVMeditation VMeditation VIWhat Has Descartes Done?A New Ideal for KnowledgeA New Vision of RealityProblemsThe Preeminence of EpistemologyAfterwordAppendix: Writing a Philosophy PaperCreditsGlossaryIndex