From Epicurus to Epictetus: Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy / Edition 1

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A. A. Long, one of the world's leading writers on ancient philosophy, presents eighteen essays on the philosophers and schools of the Hellenistic and Roman periods—Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics. The discussion ranges over four centuries of innovative and challenging thought in ethics and politics, psychology, epistemology, and cosmology.

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"[T]his survey cannot do justice to the depth of Long's contributions over the decades, either in the form of this stimulating collection of essays, or in the many other ways that he has helped to make Hellenistic philosophy a required subject for every student of classics and philosophy."—Sara Ahbel-Rappe, The Classical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199279128
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A. A. Long is a Professor in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. He has been a visiting professor at many other European universities, including most recently appointment as Belle van Zuylen Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utrecht. His other books include Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics (which has been translated into eight languages), the two-volume source book, The Hellenistic Philosophers (co-authored with David Sedley), Stoic Studies, and Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life (OUP).

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Table of Contents

Citations and Abbreviations
Part One: General
1. Hellenistic ethics and philosophical power
2. Hellenistics ethics as the art of life
Part Two: Scepticism
3. Aristotle and the history of Greek scepticism
4. Timon: Pyrrhonist and satirist
5. Arcesilaus in his time and place
6. Scepticism about gods in Hellenistic philosophy
7. Astrology: arguments pro and contra
Part Three: Epicureanism
8. Chance and laws of nature in Epicureanism
9. Lucretius and the Epicurean self
10. Pleasure and social utility—the virtues of being Epicurean
Part Four: Early Stoicism
11. Zeno's epistemology and Plato's Theaetetus
12. Stoic psychology and the elucidation of language
13. The Stoics on world-Conflagration and everlasting recurrence
Part Five: Cicero, and Roman Stoicism
14. Cicero's Plato and Aristotle
15. Cicero's politics in De officiis
16. Stoic philosophers on persons, property ownership and community
17. Seneca on the self: why now?
18. Epictetus on understanding and managing emotions
Index of subjects
Index locorum

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