The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy

Author: David Sedley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521775035
Release Date: 2003-07-31
Genre: Philosophy

This volume does not aim to reveal all of the mysteries of ancient philosophy to the novice, but it does aim to equip that reader with enough background material that he will be able to enter that world. Twelve overviews, each written by an authority in that area of philosophy, guides the reader through the principal schools of thought and the ideas of their main proponents. Concepts are sometimes explained in tables and are always supported by extracts but the main attraction of this work is that the contributors explain in layman's terms the basic ideas of philosophy and discuss clearly the logic of the ancient arguments. The book gets off to a good start with David Sedley's introduction which argues that Greek and Roman philosophers were mainly concerned with two dilemmas: what is a good life and why doesn't the earth fall. Includes a useful glossary.

The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism

Author: Richard Arnot Home Bett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521874762
Release Date: 2010-01-28
Genre: History

A comprehensive survey of the main periods, schools and individual proponents of scepticism in the ancient Greek and Roman world.

The Cambridge Companion to Plato

Author: Richard Kraut
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521436109
Release Date: 1992-10-30
Genre: Philosophy

Plato stands as the fount of our philosophical tradition, being the first Western thinker to produce a body of writing that touches upon a wide range of topics still discussed by philosophers today. In a sense he invented philosophy as a distinct subject, for although many of these topics were discussed by his intellectual predecessors and contemporaries, he was the first to bring them together by giving them a unitary treatment. This volume contains fourteen new essays discussing Plato's views about knowledge, reality, mathematics, politics, ethics, love, poetry, and religion. There are also analyses of the intellectual and social background of his thought, the development of his philosophy throughout his career, the range of alternative approaches to his work, and the stylometry of his writing.

The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics

Author: Brad Inwood
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521779855
Release Date: 2003-05-05
Genre: Philosophy

Introduction: Stoicism, an intellectual odyssey /Brad Inwood --The school, from Zeno to Arius Didymus /David Sedley --The school in the Roman imperial period /Christopher Gill --Stoic epistemology /R.J. Hankinson --Logic /Susanne Bobzien --Stoic natural philosophy (physics and cosmology) /Michael J. White --Stoic theology /Keimpe Algra --Stoic determinism /Dorothea Frede --Stoic metaphysics /Jacques Brunschwig --Stoic ethics /Malcolm Schofield --Stoic moral psychology /Tad Brennan --Stoicism and medicine /R.J. Hankinson --The stoic contribution to traditional grammar /David Blank and Catherine Atherton --The stoics and the astronomical sciences /Alexander Jones --Stoic naturalism and its critics /T.H. Irwin --Stoicism in the philosophical tradition: Spinoza, Lipsius, Butler /A.A. Long.

The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism

Author: James Warren
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521873475
Release Date: 2009-07-02
Genre: History

An introduction to the history of the ancient philosophical school and an account of the areas of its philosophical interest.

The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle

Author: Jonathan Barnes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521422949
Release Date: 1995-01-27
Genre: Philosophy

The most accessible and comprehensive guide to Aristotle currently available.

The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology

Author: Roger D. Woodard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521845205
Release Date: 2007-11-12
Genre: History

Professor Roger Woodard brings together a group of the world's most authoritative scholars of classical myth to present a thorough treatment of all aspects of Greek mythology. Sixteen original articles guide the reader through all aspects of the ancient mythic tradition and its influence around the world and in later years. The articles examine the forms and uses of myth in Greek oral and written literature, from the epic poetry of 8th century BC to the mythographic catalogues of the early centuries AD. They examine the relationship between myth, art, religion and politics among the ancient Greeks and its reception and influence on later society from the Middle Ages to present day literature, feminism and cinema. This Companion volume's comprehensive coverage makes it ideal reading for students of Greek mythology and for anyone interested in the myths of the ancient Greeks and their impact on western tradition.

The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus

Author: Lloyd P. Gerson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521476763
Release Date: 1996-08-13
Genre: Philosophy

Plotinus is the greatest philosopher in the 700 year period between Aristotle and Augustine. He thought of himself as a disciple of Plato, but in his efforts to defend Platonism against Aristotelians, Stoics, and others, he actually produced a reinvigorated version of Platonism that later came to be known as "Neoplatonism". In this volume, sixteen leading scholars introduce and explain the many facets of Plotinus' complex system. They place Plotinus in the history of ancient philosophy while showing how he was a founder of medieval philosophy.

The Cambridge Companion to Augustine

Author: Eleonore Stump
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052165985X
Release Date: 2001-03-15
Genre: Philosophy

In this 2001 volume, sixteen specially-commissioned essays discuss major areas of the philosophy and theology of Augustine of Hippo.

The Cambridge Companion to Galen

Author: R. J. Hankinson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139826913
Release Date: 2008-08-14
Genre: Philosophy

Galen of Pergamum (AD 129–c.216) was the most influential doctor of later antiquity, whose work was to influence medical theory and practice for more than fifteen hundred years. He was a prolific writer on anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and prognosis, pulse-doctrine, pharmacology, therapeutics, and the theory of medicine; but he also wrote extensively on philosophical topics, making original contributions to logic and the philosophy of science, and outlining a scientific epistemology which married a deep respect for empirical adequacy with a commitment to rigorous rational exposition and demonstration. He was also a vigorous polemicist, deeply involved in the doctrinal disputes among the medical schools of his day. This volume offers an introduction to and overview of Galen's achievement in all these fields, while seeking also to evaluate that achievement in the light of the advances made in Galen scholarship over the past thirty years.

The Cambridge Companion to Philo

Author: Adam Kamesar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521860901
Release Date: 2009-04-27
Genre: Bibles

Presents an account of Philo of Alexandria, who is an essential source for the study of the Judaism of the turn of the eras, the rise of Christianity, and the history of Greek philosophy.

The Cambridge Companion to Socrates

Author: Donald R. Morrison
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521833424
Release Date: 2011
Genre: History

Essays from a diverse group of experts providing a comprehensive guide to Socrates, the most famous Greek philosopher.

The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought

Author: Stephen Salkever
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828029
Release Date: 2009-04-27
Genre: Philosophy

The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought provides a guide to understanding the central texts and problems in ancient Greek political thought, from Homer through the Stoics and Epicureans. Composed of essays specially commissioned for this volume and written by leading scholars of classics, political science, and philosophy, the Companion brings these texts to life by analysing what they have to tell us about the problems of political life. Focusing on texts by Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle, among others, they examine perennial issues, including rights and virtues, democracy and the rule of law, community formation and maintenance, and the ways in which theorizing of several genres can and cannot assist political practice.