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 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 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.


Author: Luca Illetterati
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110321241
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Philosophy

Since the rise of modern thought and natural science, teleological discourses have been banished as explanatory tools in natural investigations. The various contributions to this volume embrace the task of rethinking natural purposiveness in accordance with natural science. They set out from the issue of whether, and in which form, it is possible to talk of purposes in nature, without resorting to an account requesting some intentional agent. The legitimacy of such a notion as that of internal teleology has been addressed, together with the issue of what the term "internal" properly denotes. It is meant to be an alternative both to the position of those who assume that teleology in biology requires a dimension transcending nature itself and find in teleological language an argument for the Intelligent Designer, and to the stance of those who aim to eliminate teleology from scientific inquiry altogether.

The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy

Author: James Hankins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139827480
Release Date: 2007-10-25
Genre: Philosophy

The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy, published in 2007, provides an introduction to a complex period of change in the subject matter and practice of philosophy. The philosophy of the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries is often seen as transitional between the scholastic philosophy of the Middle Ages and modern philosophy, but the essays collected here, by a distinguished international team of contributors, call these assumptions into question, emphasizing both the continuity with scholastic philosophy and the role of Renaissance philosophy in the emergence of modernity. They explore the ways in which the science, religion and politics of the period reflect and are reflected in its philosophical life, and they emphasize the dynamism and pluralism of a period which saw both new perspectives and enduring contributions to the history of philosophy. This will be an invaluable guide for students of philosophy, intellectual historians, and all who are interested in Renaissance thought.

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy

Author: A. S. McGrade
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521000637
Release Date: 2003-08-07
Genre: History

This volume, first published in 2003, spans a millennium of thought extending from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas and into the fourteenth century.

Teaching Through Song in Antiquity

Author: Matthew E. Gordley
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161507223
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Religion

While scholars of antiquity have long spoken of didactic hymns, no single volume has defined or explored this phenomenon across cultural boundaries in antiquity. In this monograph Matthew E. Gordley provides a broad definition of didactic hymnody and examines how didactic hymns functioned at the intersection of historical circumstances and the needs of a given community to perceive itself and its place in the cosmos and to respond accordingly. Comparing the use of didactic hymnody in a variety of traditions, this study illuminates the multifaceted ways that ancient hymns and psalms contributed to processes of communal formation among the human audiences that participated in the praise either as hearers or active participants. The author finds that in Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian contexts, many hymns and prayers served a didactic role fostering the ongoing development of a sense of identity within particular communities.

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 Seneca

Author: Shadi Bartsch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107035058
Release Date: 2015-02-16
Genre: Drama

This Companion examines the complete works of Seneca in context and establishes the importance of his legacy in Western thought.

The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Nero

Author: Shadi Bartsch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107052208
Release Date: 2017-10-31
Genre: Art

A lively and accessible guide to the rich literary, philosophical and artistic achievements of the notorious age of Nero.

The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World

Author: Glenn R. Bugh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139827119
Release Date: 2006-05-01
Genre: History

This Companion volume offers fifteen original essays on the Hellenistic world and is intended to complement and supplement general histories of the period from Alexander the Great to Kleopatra VII of Egypt. Each chapter treats a different aspect of the Hellenistic world - religion, philosophy, family, economy, material culture, and military campaigns, among other topics. The essays address key questions about this period: To what extent were Alexander's conquests responsible for the creation of this new 'Hellenistic' age? What is the essence of this world and how does it differ from its Classical predecessor? What continuities and discontinuities can be identified? Collectively, the essays provide an in-depth view of a complex world. The volume also provides a bibliography on the topics along with recommendations for further reading.

The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology

Author: Giuseppina D'Oro
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107121522
Release Date: 2017-02-16
Genre: History

The volume provides clear and comprehensive coverage of the main methodological debates and approaches within philosophy. The book gives equal weight to analytical and continental approaches, and pays attention to approaches that are often overlooked.