Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics, Second edition / Edition 2

Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics, Second edition / Edition 2

by A. A. Long
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520058089

ISBN-13: 9780520058088

Pub. Date: 08/20/1986

Publisher: University of California Press

The purpose of this book is to trace the main developments in Greek philosophy during the period which runs from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.c. to the end of the Roman Republic (31 B.c.). These three centuries, known to us as the Hellenistic Age, witnessed a vast expansion of Greek civilization eastwards, following Alexander's conquests; and later

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The purpose of this book is to trace the main developments in Greek philosophy during the period which runs from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.c. to the end of the Roman Republic (31 B.c.). These three centuries, known to us as the Hellenistic Age, witnessed a vast expansion of Greek civilization eastwards, following Alexander's conquests; and later, Greek civilization penetrated deeply into the western Mediterranean world assisted by the political conquerors of Greece, the Romans. But philosophy throughout this time remained a predominantly Greek activity. The most influential thinkers in the Hellenistic world were Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics. This book gives a concise critical analysis of their ideas and their methods of thought.
 
The last book in English to cover this ground was written sixty years ago.
In the interval the subject has moved on, quite rapidly since the last war, but most of the best work is highly specialized. There is a clear need for a general appraisal of Hellenistic philosophy which can provide those who are not specialists with an up-to-date account of the subject. Hellenistic philosophy is often regarded as a dull product of second-rate thinkers who are unable to stand comparison with Plato and Aristotle. This book will help to remove such misconceptions and arouse wider interest in a field which is fascinating both historically and conceptually.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520058088
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/20/1986
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
612,849
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Abbreviations

1.
Introduction
2. Epicurus and Epicureanism
3. Scepticism
4. Stoicism
5. Later Developments in Hellenistic Philosophy
6. Hellenistic Philosophy and the Classical Tradition

Bibliography
Bibliographical Postscript 1985

Index

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