Essays in Ancient Philosophy

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U of Minnesota Press, 1987 - Philosophy - 382 pages
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Essays in Ancient Philosophy was first published in 1987. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

To understand ancient philosophy "in its concrete, complex detail," Michael Frede says, "one has also to look at all the other histories to which it is tied by an intricate web of casual connections which run both ways." Frede's distinctive approach to the history of ancient philosophy is closely tied to his specific interests within the field - the Hellenistic philosophers and those of late antiquity, who are the primary subjects of this book. Long ignored or even maligned, the Stoics and Skeptics, medical philosophers, and grammarians are extremely interesting once their actual views are reconstructed and it is possible to recognize their ties to earlier and later philosophical thought. Refusing to study them as paradigms of achievement, or to seek purely philosophical explanations for their views, Frede draws instead upon those "other histories"—of religion, social structure, law and politics—to illuminate their work and to show how it was interpreted and transformed by succeeding generations.

 

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Frede, a leading historian of ancient philosophy, has here collected 17 papers, all of the highest quality. The papers are diverse; there is one on Plato, five on Aristotle, three on the Stoics, two ... Read full review

Contents

Observations on Perception in Platos Later Dialogues
3
The Title Unity and Authenticity of the Aristotelian
11
Categories in Aristotle
29
Individuals in Aristotle
49
Substance in Aristotles Metaphysics
72
Stoic vs Aristotelian Syllogistic
99
The Original Notion of Cause
125
Stoics and Skeptics on Clear and Distinct Impressions
151
Medicine
225
The Ancient Empiricists
243
The Method of the SoCalled Methodical School of Medicine
261
On Galens Epistemology
279
Grammar
301
The Origins of Traditional Grammar
338
Notes
363
Index of Ancient Authors
375

The Skeptics Beliefs
179
The Skeptics Two Kinds of Assent and
201

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Michael Frede was a professor of philosophy at Princeton University.

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