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The Peripatetics: Aristotle's Heirs 322 BCE - 200 CE

The Peripatetics: Aristotle's Heirs 322 BCE - 200 CE

1st Edition

Han Baltussen
December 21, 2016

The Peripatetics explores the development of Peripatetic thought from Theophrastus and Strato to the work of the commentator Alexander of Aphrodisias. The book examines whether the internal dynamics of this philosophical school allowed for a unity of Peripatetic thought, or whether there was a...

Neoplatonism

Neoplatonism

1st Edition

Pauliina Remes
December 05, 2014

Although Neoplatonism has long been studied by classicists, until recently most philosophers saw the ideas of Plotinus et al as a lot of religious/magical mumbo-jumbo. Recent work however has provided a new perspective on the philosophical issues in Neoplatonism and Pauliina Remes new introduction...

Presocratics

Presocratics

1st Edition

James Warren
December 05, 2014

The earliest phase of philosophy in Europe saw the beginnings of cosmology and rational theology, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethical and political theory. It saw the development of a wide range of radical and challenging ideas: from Thales' claim that magnets have souls and Parmenides' account...

Cynics

Cynics

1st Edition

William Desmond
December 05, 2014

Once regarded as a minor Socratic school, Cynicism is now admired as one of the more creative and influential philosophical movements in antiquity. First arising in the city-states of late classical Greece, Cynicism thrived through the Hellenistic and Roman periods, until the triumph of...

Epicureanism

Epicureanism

1st Edition

Tim O'Keefe
December 05, 2014

The Epicurean school of philosophy was one of the dominant philosophies of the Hellenistic period. Founded by Epicurus of Samos (century 341-270 BCE) it was characterized by an empiricist epistemology and a hedonistic ethics. This new introduction to Epicurus offers readers clear exposition of the...

Stoicism

Stoicism

1st Edition

John Sellars
December 05, 2014

This is the first introduction to Stoic philosophy for 30 years. Aimed at readers new to Stoicism and to ancient philosophy, it outlines the central philosophical ideas of Stoicism and introduces the reader to the different ancient authors and sources that they will encounter when exploring...

The Philosophy of Early Christianity

The Philosophy of Early Christianity

1st Edition

George E. Karamanolis
December 19, 2013

Indian Buddhist Philosophy

Indian Buddhist Philosophy

1st Edition

Amber Carpenter
December 10, 2013

Organised in broadly chronological terms, this book presents the philosophical arguments of the great Indian Buddhist philosophers of the fifth century BCE to the eighth century CE. Each chapter examines their core ethical, metaphysical and epistemological views as well as the distinctive area of...

Confucianism

Confucianism

1st Edition

Paul Goldin
October 28, 2010

"Confucianism" presents the history and salient tenets of Confucian thought, and discusses its viability, from both a social and a philosophical point of view, in the modern world. Despite most of the major Confucian texts having been translated into English, there remains a surprising lack of...

Plato

Plato

1st Edition

Andrew Mason
March 01, 2010

Plato (c.428-347 BCE) stands at the beginning of many debates that have continued throughout the history of philosophy. His literary career spanned fifty years and the influence of his ideas and those of his followers pervaded philosophy throughout antiquity. Andrew Mason's lucid and engaging...

The Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle

The Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle

1st Edition

Miira Tuominen
April 27, 2009

In late antiquity the works of Plato and Aristotle were subject to intense study, which eventually led to the development of a new literary form, the philosophical commentary. Until recently these commentaries were understood chiefly as sources of information for the masters - Plato and Aristotle -...

Ancient Scepticism

Ancient Scepticism

1st Edition

Harald Thorsrud
November 01, 2008

Scepticism, a philosophical tradition that casts doubt on our ability to gain knowledge of the world and suggests suspending judgement in the face of uncertainty, has been influential since is beginnings in ancient Greece. Harald Thorsrud provides an engaging, rigorous introduction to the arguments...

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