Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Aug 31, 1994 - Philosophy - 246 pages
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"Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind" is an elegant survey of Stoic and Epicurean ideas about the soul an introduction to two ancient schools whose belief in the soul's physicality offer compelling parallels to modern approaches in the philosophy of mind. Annas incorporates recent thinking on Hellenistic philosophy of mind so lucidly and authoritatively that specialists and nonspecialists alike will find her book rewarding. In part, the Hellenistic epoch was a "scientific" period that broke with tradition in ways that have an affinity with the modern shift from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the present day. Hellenistic philosophy of the soul, Annas argues, is in fact a philosophy of mind, especially in the treatment of such topics as perception, thought, and action.
  

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Contents

The Medical and Scientific Background
15
The Soul and the Mind
35
Perceiving and Thinking
69
Action
87
The Emotions
101
Atomism and Agents
121
Perception and Thought
155
Action and Freedom of Action
173
Emotions and Feelings
187
Conclusion
199
Bibliography
211
General Index
225
Index Locorum
233
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About the author (1994)

Julia E. Annas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. She is the author, with Jonathan Barnes, of "The Modes of Scepticism" (1985).

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