Reason and Emotion: Essays on Ancient Moral Psychology and Ethical Theory

Reason and Emotion: Essays on Ancient Moral Psychology and Ethical Theory

by John M. Cooper

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ISBN-13: 9780691058757
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/03/1999
Pages: 605
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


John M. Cooper is Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He is the author of Reason and Human Good in Aristotle and Plato's "Theaetetus." He is the general editor of Plato: Complete Works and also coedited Seneca: Moral and Political Essays with J. F. Procopé.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Editorial Note
Pt. ISocrates and Plato
Ch. 1Notes on Xenophon's Socrates3
Ch. 2Socrates and Plato in Plato's Gorgias29
Ch. 3The Unity of Virtue76
Ch. 4Plato's Theory of Human Motivation118
Ch. 5The Psychology of Justice in Plato138
Ch. 6Plato's Theory of Human Good in the Philebus151
Ch. 7Plato's Statesman and Politics165
AppendixExpertises Subordinate to Statesmanship190
Pt. IIAristotle
Ch. 8The Magna Moralia and Aristotle's Moral Philosophy195
Ch. 9Contemplation and Happiness: A Reconsideration212
Ch. 10Some Remarks on Aristotle's Moral Psychology237
Appendix251
Ch. 11Reason, Moral Virtue, and Moral Value253
Ch. 12Aristotle on the Authority of "Appearances"281
Ch. 13Aristotle on the Goods of Fortune292
Postscript309
Ch. 14Aristotle on the Forms of Friendship312
Ch. 15Friendship and the Good in Aristotle336
Ch. 16Political Animals and Civic Friendship356
Ch. 17Justice and Rights in Aristotle's Politics378
Ch. 18Ethical-Political Theory in Aristotle's Rhetoric390
Ch. 19An Aristotelian Theory of the Emotions406
Pt. IIIHellenistic Philosophy
Ch. 20Eudaimonism, the Appeal to Nature, and "Moral Duty" in Stoicism427
Ch. 21Posidonius on Emotions449
Ch. 22Pleasure and Desire in Epicurus485
Ch. 23Greek Philosophers on Euthanasia and Suicide515
Bibliography of Works Cited543
Index of Passages553
General Index575

What People are Saying About This

M. F. Burnyeat, All Souls College, University of Oxford

This collection is the fruit of a lifetime's study of the great tradition of Greek moral philosophy.... [Cooper's] range is deeply impressive. So is the tenacity with which he wrestles a clear meaning from recalcitrant texts. So too is the philosophical rigour with which he sharpens up the issues and makes the reader face questions that modern philosophers have forgotten or neglected. This is philosophical scholarship at its best.

Gisela Striker

This volume brings together essays on Greek ethics and moral psychology by one of the most influential scholars in the field.[I]t will be fascinating and instructive for scholars and students alike to follow John Cooper in his explorations of some of the most important questions of ancient and modern ethics.
Gisela Striker, University of Cambridge

M. F. Burnyeat

This collection is the fruit of a lifetime's study of the great tradition of Greek moral philosophy.... [Cooper's] range is deeply impressive. So is the tenacity with which he wrestles a clear meaning from recalcitrant texts. So too is the philosophical rigour with which he sharpens up the issues and makes the reader face questions that modern philosophers have forgotten or neglected. This is philosophical scholarship at its best.

Burnyeat

This collection is the fruit of a lifetime's study of the great tradition of Greek moral philosophy.... [Cooper's] range is deeply impressive. So is the tenacity with which he wrestles a clear meaning from recalcitrant texts. So too is the philosophical rigour with which he sharpens up the issues and makes the reader face questions that modern philosophers have forgotten or neglected. This is philosophical scholarship at its best.
M. F. Burnyeat, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Dorothea Frede

John Cooper is one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of ancient moral philosophy and his articles are often considered classics. Cooper writes in a lucid style and has the gift of making problems accessible to nonspecialists. . . .
Dorothea Frede, Universitat Hamburg

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