Hellenistic Philosophy: Introductory Readings / Edition 2

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This new edition of Hellenistic Philosophy--including nearly 100 pages of additional materia--offers the first English translation of the account of Stoic ethics by Arius Didymus, substantial new sources on Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism, expanded representation of Plutarch and Cicero, and a fuller presentation of papyrological evidence. Inwood and Gerson maintain the standard of consistency and accuracy that distinguished their translations in the first edition, while regrouping some material into larger, more thematically connected passages. This edition is further enhanced by a new, more spacious page design.

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Editorial Reviews

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The selections are well chosen, the translation accurate and very readable, and the glossary and indices quite helpful. . . . it is to be recommended for it is the best available. --Peter Preuss, Canadian Philosophical Review

Inwood/Gerson furnish a collection ideal for the classroom. --Steven J. Willett, Syllecta Classica

For undergraduate courses in Greek philosophy, Inwood and Gerson ( (classics and philosophy, respectively, U. of Toronto) survey the proponents and principles of epicureanism, stoicism, and scepticism relating to physics, logic, and ethics. Includes a glossary, listing of philosophers and sources, and index of passages translated. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203785
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition,2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 439
  • Sales rank: 566,066
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Inwood is Professor of Philosophy and Classics, University of Toronto.

Lloyd P. Gerson is Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
I Epicureanism 3
The Ancient Biography of Epicurus 3
The Extant Letters 5
Ancient Collections of Maxims 32
Doxographical Reports 40
The Testimony of Cicero 45
The Testimony of Lucretius 63
The Polemic of Plutarch 65
Short Fragments and Testimonia from Known Works 72
Short Fragments and Testimonia from Uncertain Works 81
Logic and Epistemology 81
Physics and Theology 85
Ethics 95
II Stoicism 103
Lives of the Stoics 103
On Philosophy 110
Logic and Theory of Knowledge 111
Physics 132
On Fate 179
Ethics 190
III Scepticism 261
Academic Scepticism: Arcesilaus and Carneades 261
Pyrrhonian Scepticism 285
Pyrrho 285
Timon 297
Aenesidemus 300
Later Pyrrhonism: Sextus Empiricus 302
General Principles 302
The Modes 325
Logic 341
Physics 362
Ethics 387
Glossary 399
Philosophers and Philosophical Sources 407
Index of Passages Translated 411
Index 419
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