Language and Logos: Studies in Ancient Greek Philosophy Presented to G. E. L. Owen

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Malcolm Schofield, Martha Craven Nussbaum
Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Philosophy - 359 pages
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The essays in this volume were written to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of G. E. L. Owen, who by his essays and seminars on ancient Greek philosophy has made a contribution to its study that is second to none. The authors, from both sides of the Atlantic, include not only scholars whose main research interests lie in Greek philosophy, but others best known for their work in general philosophy. All are pupils or younger colleagues of Professor Owen who are indebted to his practice of philosophical scholarship as a first-order philosophical activity. At the heart of G. E. L. Owen's work has been a preoccupation with the role of philosophical reflection on language in the metaphysics and epistemology of Plato, Aristotle and other ancient Greek thinkers. This is accordingly the general topic of the present volume, which includes five papers on Plato's critical dialogues and seven on Aristotle, prefaced by two on Heraclitus and followed by a study of the debate in Hellenistic philosophy on the sorites. This is a book for specialists in Greek philosophy and philosophers of language which will also be of interest to some linguists.
  

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Contents

Epistemology and meaning in Heraclitus
33
The denouement of the Cratylus
61
Cratylus theory of names and its refutation
83
Falsehood and notbeing in Platos Sophist
115
Forms and dialectic in the second half of
135
Aristotle and the more accurate arguments
155
Aristotle on the principles of change in Physics I
179
Aristotle on natural teleology
197
Accidental unities
223
Aristotles concept of signification
241
Saving Aristotles appearances
267
Myths about nonpropositional thought
295
Gods and heaps
315
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Malcolm Schofield is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy, University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He is co-author (with G. S. Kirk and J. E. Raven) of the second edition of The Presocratic Philosophers (1983) and co-editor (with Keimpe Algra, Jonathan Barnes and Jaap Mansfeld) of The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy (1999). His other publications include An Essay on Anaxagoras (1980), The Stoic Idea of the City (1991; 2nd edition, 1999) and Plato: Political Philosophy (2006).

Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Among her many publications is Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (OUP 1990).

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