The field of ancient Greek ethics is increasingly emerging as a major branch of philosophical enquiry, and students and scholars of ancient philosophy will find this Companion to be a rich and invaluable guide to the themes and movements which characterised the discipline from the Pre-Socratics to the Neo-Platonists. Several chapters are dedicated to the central figures of Plato and Aristotle, and others explore the ethical thought of the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Skeptics, and Plotinus. Further chapters examine important themes that cut across these schools, including virtue and happiness, friendship, elitism, impartiality, and the relationship between ancient eudaimonism and modern morality. Written by leading scholars and drawing on cutting-edge research to illuminate the questions of ancient ethics, the book will provide students and specialists with an indispensable critical overview of the full range of ancient Greek ethics.
About the Author
Christopher Bobonich is C. I. Lewis Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, California, and has published extensively on Plato and Aristotle. He is the author of Plato's Utopia Recast: His Later Ethics and Politics (2002), co-editor of Akrasia in Greek Philosophy: From Socrates to Plotinus (2007), and editor of Plato's 'Laws': A Critical Guide (Cambridge, 2010).
Table of Contents
Introduction Christopher Bobonich; Part I. Origins: 1. What is pre-Socratic ethics? André Laks; 2. The historical Socrates David Conan Wolfsdorf; Part II. Plato: 3. Virtue and happiness Daniel Devereux; 4. Ethical psychology Rachana Kamtekar; 5. Love and friendship Frisbee Sheffield; Part III. Aristotle: 6. Virtue and happiness David Charles; 7. Ethical psychology Jessica Moss; 8. Love and friendship Corinne Gartner; Part IV. The Hellenistics and Beyond: 9. Epicurus and the Epicureans on ethics Raphael Woolf; 10. The Stoics on virtue and happiness Katja Vogt; 11. The Stoics' ethical psychology Margaret Graver; 12. Skeptical ethics Luca Castagnoli; 13. Ethics in Plotinus and his successors Dominic O'Meara; Part V. Themes: 14. Ancient Eudaimonism and modern morality Julia Annas; 15. Partiality and impartiality in ancient ethics Richard Kraut; 16. Elitism in Plato and Aristotle Christopher Bobonich; 17. Becoming godlike David Sedley; 18. Horace and practical philosophy Terence Irwin.