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Method in ancient philosophy
Gentzler, Jyl.
Publication Information:
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
viii, 398 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Based on papers read at a conference on ancient method at Amherst College, April 1994.
Reading Level:
1480 Lexile.
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Fifteen new, specially written essays by leading scholars on a broad subject of central importance.

Author Notes

Jyl Gentzler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Amherst College, Massachusetts.

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These fifteen essays, occasioned by a conference at Amherst College in 1994, deal with the methods and goals of reasoning and the criteria for assessing it, which is to say, with the practice, theory, and justification of philosophy. Most concern Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, but some are about the Eleatics and the Epicureans. Of special interest are A.A. Long on Plato's presentation of Socrates in the Theaetetus, Lesley Brown on the "battle of gods and giants" in the Sophist, and Constance Meinwald on limit and the limitless in the Philebus; C.D.C. Reeve on Aristotle's treatment of dialectic, Charlotte Witt on his teleology, and Sarah Broadie on his account of practical and theoretical wisdom; also worth noting is G.E.R. Lloyd on method in Greek and Chinese mathematics and medicine. Footnotes, indexes of names and passages quoted, though no general bibliography. A strong collection, highly recommended along with the ongoing "Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy" and "Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy" series, perhaps also Gregory Vlastos, Socrates, Ironist and Moral Philosopher (CH, Nov'91) and Charles Kahn, Plato and the Socratic Dialogue (CH, Sept'91). General readers; upper-division undergraduates and graduate students; researchers and faculty. M. Andic; University of Massachusetts at Boston

Table of Contents

1 Eleatic ArgumentsPatricia Curd
2 Common Sense and Socratic MethodT. H. Irwin
3 Platonism and the Study of NatureIan Mueller
4 Plato's Discovery of Metaphysics: The New Methodos of the PhaedoRobert Bolton
5 Plato's Apologies and Socrates in the TheaetetusA. A. Long
6 Burnyeat on Plato's Refutation of ProtagorasGail Fine
7 Prometheus Bounds: Peras and Apeiron in Plato's PhilebusConstance C. Meinwald
8 Innovation and Continuity: The Battle of Gods versus Giants, Sophist 245-249Lesley Brown
9 Aristotle and the Uses of LogicGisela Striker
10 Dialectic and Philosophy in AristotleC. D. C. Reeve
11 Teleology in Aristotelian Science and MetaphysicsCharlotte Witt
12 Aristotle on Method and Moral EducationRichard Kraut
13 Beginnings and Ends of Aristotelian DeliberationSarah Broadie
14 Epicurean Inferences: The Evidence of Philodemus's De SignisJames Allen
15 Techniques and Dialectic: Method in Greek and Chinese Mathematics and MedicineG.E.R. Lloyd