Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which a constant note is that of discussion and argument. This book introduces readers to some ancient debates to engage with the ancient developments of some themes. Getting away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of Great Thinkers, the book gives readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy, and of its wide variety of themes and styles. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Arguments and Conversation Julia Annas, in a readable and clear way, exposes in this short work the main aspects of ancient philosophy. The curiosity about the world's mysteries and the discoveries of ... Read full review

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Annas provides a convincing argument that ancient philosophy was an ongoing debate about essential questions of human understanding, being, and living together. Like other books in the "very short ... Read full review


understanding ourselves
2 Why do we read Platos Republic?
3 The happy life ancient and modern
4 Reason knowledge and scepticism
5 Logic and reality
6 When did it all begin? and what is it anyway?
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Julia Annas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona and author of several books for OUP, including An Introduction to Platos Republic and The Morality of Happiness. She is also series editor for the Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.

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