Definition in Greek Philosophy [NOOK Book]

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Socrates' greatest philosophical contribution was to have initiated the search for definitions. In Definition in Greek Philosophy his views on definition are examined, together with those of his successors, including Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Galen, the Sceptics and Plotinus. Although definition was a major pre-occupation for many Greek philosophers, it has rarely been treated as a separate topic in its own right in recent years. This volume, which contains fourteen new essays by leading scholars, aims to ...
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Socrates' greatest philosophical contribution was to have initiated the search for definitions. In Definition in Greek Philosophy his views on definition are examined, together with those of his successors, including Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Galen, the Sceptics and Plotinus. Although definition was a major pre-occupation for many Greek philosophers, it has rarely been treated as a separate topic in its own right in recent years. This volume, which contains fourteen new essays by leading scholars, aims to reawaken interest in a number of central and relatively unexplored issues concerning definition. These issues are briefly set out in the Introduction, which also seeks to point out scholarly and philosophical questions which merit further study.
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"All of the pieces advance our understanding of ancient Greek thought in important ways. College libraries should prize the book; it would also serve as an excellent text for graduate classes in ancient Greek philosophy. For scholars in logic and critical thinking, it would be a great asset to understanding how many contemporary issues have ancient precedents." —Philosophy in Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191614149
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 8/19/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

David Charles has been a Fellow in Philosophy at Oriel College, University of Oxford, from 1978 and a Research Professor since 2006. He has held Visiting Professorships at Rutgers, U.C.L.A., Tokyo Metropolitan, and Venice Universities and has written on various aspects of Aristotle's philosophy and on issues in contemporary action theory and metaphysics.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Introduction David Charles Charles, David 1

Part I Plato on Definition

1 Carried Away in the Euthyphro Lindsay Judson Judson, Lindsay 31

2 Explanation and Essence in Plato's Phaedo Vasilis Politis Politis, Vasilis 62

3 The Paradox in the Meno and Aristotle's Attempts to Resolve It David Charles Charles, David 115

4 Definition and Division in Plato's Sophist Lesley Brown Brown, Lesley 151

5 Division and Definition in Plato's Sophist and Statesman Mary Louise Gill Gill, Mary Louise 172

Part II Aristotle on Definition

6 Aristotle on Essence and Defining-Phrase in his Dialectic Kei Chiba Chiba, Kei 203

7 Nominal Definition in Aristotle Deborah Modrak Modrak, Deborah 252

8 Definition and Explanation in the Posterior Analytics and Metaphysics David Charles Charles, David 286

9 Bios and Explanatory Unity in Aristotle's Biology James G. Lennox Lennox, James G. 329

Part III Post-Aristotelian Writers on Definition

10 The Stoics on Definition Paolo Crivelli Crivelli, Paolo 359

11 The Ancient Commentators on Concept Formation Richard Sorabji Sorabji, Richard 424

12 Galen's Aristotelian Definitions Jane Hood Hood, Jane 450

13 Essence and Cause in Plotinus' Ennead VI. 7 [38] 2: An Outline of Some Problems Annamaria Schiaparelli Schiaparelli, Annamaria 467

14 Sceptical Enquiry Gail Fine Fine, Gail 493

Index Locorum 527

Index Nominum 546

General Index 552

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