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Cause and explanation in ancient Greek thought

Author: R J Hankinson
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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Traces the history of ancient Greek thinking about causation and explanation. This book examines how the Greeks dealt with questions about how and why things happen as and when they do, about the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
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Hankinson, R. J.
Cause and explanation in ancient Greek thought.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)654281322
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R J Hankinson
ISBN: 0198237456 9780198237457 0199246564 9780199246564
OCLC Number: 39299393
Description: xvi, 499 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Presocratics --
Prehistory --
The Milesians --
Causal Origination --
Pluralism and Emergence --
Science and Sophistry --
Rational Medicine --
The Sophists --
History --
Plato --
Metaphysics and Causation --
Causation and the Soul --
Hypothesis and Explanation --
Timaeus: The Model Applied --
Coda: Mathematical and Astronomical Theory --
Aristotle: Explanation and Nature --
The Structure of Reality --
Causation and Coincidence --
Teleological Explanation --
The Explanation of Action --
Aristotle: Explanation and the World --
Demonstration and Explanation --
Observation and Science --
Theophrastus and After --
The Atomists --
Democritus --
Epicureanism and Explanation --
Freedom and the Explanation of Action --
Later Epicurean Scientific Epistemology --
The Stoics --
Stoic Causal Theory --
Freedom and Determinism --
Stoic Cosmology --
The Sceptics --
The Development of Scepticism --
Aenesidemus against the Aetiologists --
The General Attack on Causes --
The Modes of Agrippa --
Scepticism and Science --
Explanation in the Medical Schools --
The Limits of Explanation --
Empiricism and Rationalism --
Methodism --
The Age of Synthesis --
The Origins of Syncretism --
The Convergence of the Schools --
The Emergence of Middle Platonism --
The Revival of Aristotelianism: Alexander of Aphrodisias --
Science and Explanation --
Ptolemy --
Galen: The Structure of Causation --
The Aristotelian Influence --
Galen's Teleology --
Powers, Functions, and Activities --
The Neoplatonists --
The Roots of Neoplatonism.
Responsibility: R.J. Hankinson.
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A fascinating book. It contains a sweeping survey of approaches to causation and explanation from the Presocratic philosophers (sixth century BC) to the Neo-platonist philosophers (third century AD). Read more...

 
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