Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

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M.E. Sharpe, 1998 - Philosophy - 236 pages
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This comprehensive and clearly presented survey of the history of Western philosophy covers all the major philosophers, from Thales to Augustine, within the context of the periods in which they lived. Historical, cultural, and philosophical influences are all considered. The central tenets of each philosopher or school are explained, including important historical uncertainties and scholarly disagreements.
 

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Contents

Greek Cultural Background
1
The Primary Stuff and Structure of the World The Milesians and Pythagoreans
7
Change Stability and Permanence Heraclitus and the Eleatics
17
Reconcilation of Eleaticism and Experience The Pluralists and Atomists
26
The Sophists
37
Socrates
48
Plato Metaphysics and Theology
58
Plato Theory of Knowledge
70
Aristotle Ethics and Politics
117
Hellenistic Cultural Background
128
Epicureanism
134
Stoicism
145
Skepticism
160
NeoPlatonism
165
August
176
Notes
187

Plato Ethics and Politics
77
Aristotle Metaphysics
88
Aristotle Physics Biology and Psychology
99
Aristotle Knowledge and Logic
108
Bibliography
209
Index
213
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