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Classical philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2014.
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"Classical Philosophy is the first of a series of books in which Peter Adamson aims ultimately to present a complete history of philosophy, more thoroughly but also more enjoyably than ever before. He offers an accessible, humorous, and detailed look at the emergence of philosophy with the Presocratics, the probing questions of Socrates, and the first full flowering of philosophy with the dialogues of Plato and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Adamson
ISBN: 9780198767039 019876703X
OCLC Number: 947803027
Notes: First published 2014.
Description: xx, 346 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Early Greek philosophy --
Part II. Socrates and Plato --
Part III. Aristotle. Part I. Early Greek philosophy: 1. Everything is full of gods : Thales --
2. Infinity and beyond : Anaximander and Anaximines --
3. Created in our image : Xenophanes --
4. The man with the golden thigh : Pythagoras --
5. Old man river : Heraclitus --
6. The road less traveled : Parmenides --
7. You can't get there from here : the Eleatics --
8. The final cut : the Atomists --
9. Mind over mixture : Anaxagoras --
10. All you need is love, and five other things : Empedocles --
11. Good humor men : the Hippocratic corpus --
12. Making the weaker argument the stronger : the Sophists. --
Part II. Socrates and Plato: 13. Socrates without Plato : the portrayals of Aristophanes and Xenophon --
14. Method man : Plato's Socrates --
15. In dialogue : the life and writings of Plato --
16. Know thyself : two unloved Platonic dialogues --
17. Virtue meets its match : Plato's Gorgias --
18. We don't need no education : Plato's Meno --
19. I know, because the caged bird sings : Plato's Theaetetus --
20. Famous last words : Plato's Phaedo --
21. Soul and the city : justice in Plato's Republic --
22. Ain't no sunshine : the cave allegory of Plato's Republic --
23. Second thoughts : Plato's Parmenides and the forms --
24. Untying the not : Plato's Sophist --
25. What's in a name? : Plato's Cratylus --
26. A likely story : Plato's Timaeus --
27. Wings of desire : Plato's erotic dialogues --
28. Last judgments : Plato, poetry, and myth. --
Part III. Aristotle: 29. Mr know it all : Aristotle's life and works --
30. The philosopher's toolkit : Aristotle's logical works --
31. A principled stand : Aristotle's epistemology --
32. Down to earth : Aristotle on substance --
33. Form and function : Aristotle's four causes --
34. Let's get physical : Aristotle's natural philosophy --
35. Soul power : Aristotle's On the Soul --
36. Classified information : Aristotle's biology --
37. The Goldilocks theory : Aristotle's ethics --
38. The second self : Aristotle on pleasure and friendship --
39. God only knows : Aristotle on mind and God --
40. Constitutional conventions : Aristotle's political philosophy --
41. Stage directions : Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics --
42. Anything you can do : women and ancient philosophy --
43. The next generation : the followers of Plato and Aristotle.
Responsibility: Peter Adamson.

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In 43 lively chapters Peter Adamson tells the story of philosophy from its beginnings to Plato and Aristotle. Most histories jump from one famous name to another, but Adamson shows that the people  Read more...

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[Adamson] sets out to achieve the impossible and does a great job of it ... ideal for introducing readers ... to the delights and the fascination of Greek philosophy * John Godwin, Classics for All *

 
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