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Logic and the Imperial Stoa

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The main argument of this book, against a prevailing orthodoxy, is that the study of logic was a vital - and a popular - part of stoic philosophy in the early imperial period. The argument relies primarily on detailed analyses of certain texts in the Discourses of Epictetus. It includes some account of logical 'analysis', of 'hypothetical' reasoning, and of 'changing' arguments.
Written both for historians and for philosophers, and presupposing no logical expertise, this is an ...

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Overview

The main argument of this book, against a prevailing orthodoxy, is that the study of logic was a vital - and a popular - part of stoic philosophy in the early imperial period. The argument relies primarily on detailed analyses of certain texts in the Discourses of Epictetus. It includes some account of logical 'analysis', of 'hypothetical' reasoning, and of 'changing' arguments.
Written both for historians and for philosophers, and presupposing no logical expertise, this is an important contribution to the history of philosophy in the early imperial period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004108288
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Series: Philosophia Antiqua Series , #75
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Barnes, F.B.A., is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Geneva. He has published widely on many aspects of ancient thought.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 The Decline of Logic 1
Ch. 2 Seneca 12
Ch. 3 Epictetus 24
A Logic in the Discourses 24
B The fashion for logic 33
C Against logic? 38
D Exegesis 43
E For logic 55
F The place of logic 62
G The syllabus 71
H Analysis 77
I Hypothetical arguments 85
J Changing arguments 99
Ch. 4 Conclusion 126
App Epictetus, diss I vii 129
Bibliography 147
Indexes 155
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