Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Philosophy - 386 pages
Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction--an intellectual history of the ancient world from the eighth century B.C.E. to the fifth century C.E., from Homer to Boethius--describes and evaluates ancient thought in its cultural setting, showing how it affected and was affected by that setting. The greatest philosophers (Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine) and cultural figures (Homer, Euripides, Thucydides, Archimedes) and a number of lesser ones (Hesiod, Posidonius, Basil) receive careful description and evaluation. Philosophy in the Ancient World is ideally suited as a supplement for undergraduate courses in Ancient Philosophy and the History of Philosophy in the West.

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Contents

WHY ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
QUALITIES OF THE GREEK MIND CONDUCIVE TO PHILOSOPHY
BEFORE PHILOSOPHY HOMER AND HESIOD
B Hesiod
WHY HOMER AND HESIOD ARE NOT PHILOSOPHY
OTHER CONDITIONS AFFECTING THE BIRTH OF PHILOSOPHY
B Architecture and Art
3
HOW AND WHERE PHILOSOPHY BEGAN
9
THE BRANCHES OF PHILOSOPHY
11
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
13
NOTES
14
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
16
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James A. Arieti is Graves H. Thompson Professor of Classics and chair of the department at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

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