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Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings
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Andrew Stumpf
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Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings

Andrew Stumpf


Broadview Press

Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500


250 pages

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This unique text is designed as a guide to the most important and influential works of ancient Greek philosophy. The book begins with mythology and the pre-Socratics, then proceeds to examine a number of the most important works from Plato and Aristotle, including Euthyphro, Meno, Republic the Categories, the Physics and the Nicomachean Ethics. Student readers who might otherwise struggle with the primary texts will find an exceedingly helpful guide in Stumpf's clear explanations and analyses. Maps, diagrams and images are provided to aid comprehension.

By:   Andrew Stumpf
Imprint:   Broadview Press
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781554813926
ISBN 10:   1554813921
Pages:   250
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Introduction: Why Study Ancient Philosophy? Chapter I: Greek Myth and the Rise of Philosophy 1. Greek Religion and Mythological Explanation 2. The First Philosophers 3. Socrates, Plato and the Sophists Chapter II: Defining Virtue: Plato's Euthyphro and Meno 1. The Euthyphro: Socratic Method in Action 2. The Meno: Socrates, the Teacher of Virtue Chapter III: Plato's Phaedo and the Immortality of the Soul 1. The Structure and Content of Plato's Phaedo 2. The Soul in Aristotle and in Later Thinkers Chapter IV: Justice and the Good in Plato's Republic 1. Republic I & II: Is Justice Socially Constructed? 2. Justice in the State and in the Individual 3. The Philosopher Kings and Their Education Chapter V: Logic and Science in Aristotle 1. Logic and Reality in the Categories 2. Science and Learning in the Posterior Analytics Chapter VI: Nature and First Philosophy 1. Aristotle's Physics 2. Aristotle's Metaphysics Chapter VII: Good People and Good Cities: Aristotle's Ethics and Politics 1. Practical Philosophy 2. Key Teachings and Arguments from the Nicomachean Ethics 3. Politics: The Master Science Chapter VIII: Hellenistic Philosophy, Christianity and Neoplatonism 1. Hellenistic Philosophy 2. Christianity and Neoplatonism Conclusion: The Road to the Middle Ages

Andrew Stumpf teaches philosophy at the University of Waterloo.

Andrew Stumpf's Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings is a superb introductory text. Eminently clear and accessible, it provides judicious and balanced coverage of key thinkers and their systems. I would recommend it highly to any instructor developing a course in the field and to any student or interested layperson seeking a useful aid in self-study. -- Travis Dumsday, Concordia University of Edmonton Stumpf's Ancient Philosophy is a very attractive--a very teacherly--introduction to the subject, aimed at undergraduate students. Succinct, well-organized, and clear, it is designed as a companion volume to the primary texts that are standardly read in a basic university course on the subject; it is not a substitute for those texts themselves. Clearly the product of a good deal of experience in the classroom, it is shrewd in anticipating what in the material is likely to mystify--or to entrance--a student; its judicious use of illustrations is particularly striking. Most important, it keeps its eye on the big picture: the overall shape of the first millennium of philosophical work in the West and the substantial contribution of that work to our own scientific and philosophical outlook. -- John Thorp, Western University

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