Thales to Sextus: An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

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Waveland Press, Sep 22, 2015 - Philosophy - 425 pages

The period spanning approximately 624–545 BC to 175–225 AD is often considered the most exciting in Western philosophy. Designed as a companion to the original works of the ancient philosophers from this early period, this introductory text spotlights seminal thinkers, including the Sophists; offers a detailed analysis of the thoughts and teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; and features a well-rounded assessment of the Hellenistic and Roman philosophers, examining Epicureanism, Stoicism, and skepticism. Thomson’s comprehensive treatment features accessible explanations of the philosophers’ central arguments in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics. He presents critical assessments of the philosophers’ views and recounts some of the major interpretations of the original texts by noted scholars.

 

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Contents

Historical and Cultural Introduction
1
Early Ancient Greek Philosophy
17
Introduction to Socrates and Plato
89
Introduction to Aristotle
201
Introduction to Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy
323
Timeline
381
Endnotes
385
Glossary of Some Key Greek Terms
397
Bibliography
399
Index
407
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