The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy

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The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy offers a full account of the philosophy of the Greek and Roman worlds from the last days of Aristotle (d. 322 B.C.) until 100 B.C., and is as comprehensive as the often fragmentary evidence allows. The History has been written by specialists but it is intended to be a source of reference for any student of ancient philosophy, amateur or professional, for students of classical antiquity and for students of philosophy of later periods. Greek and Latin are used sparingly and always translated in the main text.
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The philosophy of the Greek and Roman worlds from the last days of Aristotle (d.322 BC) until 100 BC, as reconstructed from fragmentary evidence, has enjoyed a heyday of scholarly attention over the last two decades. This reference is written specialists, but not specialists (Greek and Latin are used sparingly and always translated in the main text). It is organized by theme rather than by chronology or philosophical school, thus making it easier to present the debate and dissension between the different schools which characterized the Hellenistic age. The introduction contains contributions on sources, chronology, and organization and structure of the philosophical schools. Subsequent sections, each with three to five essays, focus on logic and language, epistemology, physics and metaphysics, and ethics and politics. Algra is affiliated with the University of Utrecht; the three other editors are with the U. of Geneva, the U. of Utrecht, and the U. of Cambridge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'… one should simply congratulate the editors, and Cambridge University Press, on bringing it to maturity. It is a fine, and authoritative, work of reference: a report written by specialists, but accessible to any student of philosophy, as well as of its ancient counterpart, or of classics - not least … for its readability.' The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521250283
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1900
  • Pages: 936
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 2.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 Sources
2 Chronology
3 Organization and structure of the philosophical schools 55
Pt. II Logic and Language
4 Introduction
5 Logic
6 Language
Pt. III Epistemology
7 Introduction: the beginnings of Hellenistic epistemology
8 Epicurean epistemology
9 Stoic epistemology
10 Academic epistemology
Pt. IV Physics and Metaphysics
11 Hellenistic physics and metaphysics
12 Cosmology
13 Theology
14 Explanation and causation
15 Determinism and indeterminism
16 Epicurean psychology
17 Stoic psychology
18 Philosophy, science and medicine
Pt. V Ethics and Politics
19 The Socratic legacy
20 Epicurean ethics
21 Stoic ethics
22 Social and political thought
Epilogue 771
Synopsis of principal events 798
Editions of sources and fragments 805
List of abbreviations 820
Bibliography 828
Index locorum 876
General index 907
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