Philosophic Classics, Vol. I: Ancient Philosophy / Edition 5

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This fascinating anthology of classic philosophical readings provides clear translations of the most important Greek philosophers and some of their Roman followers, key influences on the development of Western civilization. This book begins with the fragmentary statements of the Pre-Socratics, moves through the all-embracing systems of Plato and Aristotle, and culminates in the practical advice of the Hellenistic writers. For anyone interested in owning a collection of clearly translated philosophical works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132413176
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/3/2007
  • Series: Philosophic Classics Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.95 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

New selections in bold.


The Milesians.




Three Solitary Figures




The Monists


Zeno of Elea

The Pluralists.



Democritus (and Leucippus)

Three Sophists.




Epilogue: Two Views of Athens

Pericles (as reported by Thucydides), Funeral Oration

Thucydides, The Melian Conference

Epilogue: Aspasia










Republic (327a-328b; Book I, 336b-349b; 350d-354b; II, 357a-362c; 367e-376e; III, 412b-417b; IV, 427d-445e; V, complete: 449-480a; VI-VII, 502c-521b)

Parmenides (127-135)

Theaetetus (selections)

Timaeus (27d-34b)

Laws (selections)


Categories (Chapters 1-5)

On Interpretation (Chapters 1-9)

Posterior Analytics (Books I, 1-2; II, 19)-new translation

Physics (Book II complete)

Metaphysics (Books I and XII complete)

On the Soul (Books II, 1-3; III, 4-5)

Nichomachean Ethics (Books I-II; III, 1-5; IV, 3; VI-VII; X, 6-9)

Politics (Books I, 1-2; III, 6-9; IV, 11-12; VII, 3b-4, 9)



Letter to Herodotus

Letter to Menoeceus

Principal Doctrines


On the Nature of Universe (Books II, 216-292; III, through 842)

The Early Stoa: Zeno of Citium and Cleanthes

Zeno of Citium (selections from Diogenes Laertius)

Hymn to Zeus-new translation


Encheiridion (Manual)-new translation

Marcus Aurelius

Meditations (Book IV)

Pyrrho and Sextus Empiricus

Outlines of Pyrrhonism (Book I, 1-15)


Enneads (I, Tractate 6; V, Tractate 1, 1-12; V, Tractate 3, 12.9-end)-new translation

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