The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought

Paperback | May 30, 2009

byChristopher Gill

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Christopher Gill offers a new analysis of what is innovative in Hellenistic - especially Stoic and Epicurean - philosophical thinking about selfhood and personality. His wide-ranging discussion of Stoic and Epicurean ideas is illustrated by a more detailed examination of the Stoic theory ofthe passions and a new account of the history of this theory. His study also tackles issues about the historical study of selfhood and the relationship between philosophy and literature, especially the presentation of the collapse of character in Plutarch's Lives, Senecan tragedy, and Virgil'sAeneid. As all Greek and Latin is translated, this book presents original ideas about ancient concepts of personality to a wide range of readers.

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Christopher Gill offers a new analysis of what is innovative in Hellenistic - especially Stoic and Epicurean - philosophical thinking about selfhood and personality. His wide-ranging discussion of Stoic and Epicurean ideas is illustrated by a more detailed examination of the Stoic theory ofthe passions and a new account of the history ...

Christopher Gill is Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pagesPublished:May 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019956437X

ISBN - 13:9780199564378

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. The Structured Self in Stoicism and Epicureanism1. Psychophysical Holism in Stoicism and Epicureanism2. Psychological Holism and Socratic Ideals3. Development and the Structured SelfII. The Unstructured Self: Stoic Passions and the Reception of Plato4. Competing Readings of Stoic Passions5. Competing Readings of Platonic PsychologyIII. Theoretical Issues and Literary Reception6. Issues in Selfhood: Subjectivity and Objectivity7. Literary Reception: Structured and Unstructured Selves

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`Review from previous edition ...a thoughtful and important book.'David Konstan, Journal of Hellenic Studies