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The Cambridge companion to Greek and Roman philosophy
Sedley, D. N.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

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xiv, 396 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
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The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy is a wide-ranging 2003 introduction to the study of philosophy in the ancient world. A team of leading specialists surveys the developments of the period and evaluates a comprehensive series of major thinkers, ranging from Pythagoras to Epicurus. There are also separate chapters on how philosophy in the ancient world interacted with religion, literature and science, and a final chapter traces the seminal influence of Greek and Roman philosophy down to the seventeenth century. Practical elements such as tables, illustrations, a glossary, and extensive advice on further reading make it an ideal book to accompany survey courses on the history of ancient philosophy. It will be an invaluable guide for all who are interested in the philosophical thought of this rich and formative period.

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The most recent entry in the series of "Cambridge Companions," this volume consists of 12 scholarly essays ranging over the period of Western philosophy that encompasses the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, including some Roman Christians. Many of the philosophers and schools represented in this volume have individual volumes of scholarly essays in the same series dedicated to them. This book is therefore intended as an introduction to the entire period, and does not treat any one thinker or school in detail (the essay by A.A. Long on Roman philosophy, for example, has only one paragraph summarizing Augustine). These essays are intended to whet the appetite of the reader to indulge in the related books in this excellent series. Salient features of this volume are essays entitled "Philosophy and Literature" (Martha Nussbaum), "Philosophy and Religion" (Glenn W. Most), and "Philosophy and Science" (R.J. Hankinson) as these topics relate to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Excellent bibliography, glossary, and index. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. P. A. Streveler emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

IntroductionDavid Sedley
1 Argument in ancient philosophyJonathan Barnes
2 The PresocraticsMalcolm Schofield
3 The Sophists and SocratesSarah Broadie
4 PlatoChristopher Rowe
5 AristotleJohn M. Cooper
6 Hellenistic philosophyJacques Brunschwig and David Sedley
7 Roman philosophyA. A. Long
8 Philosophy and literatureMartha C. Nussbaum
9 Late ancient philosophyFrans de Haas
10 Philosophy and scienceR. J. Hankinson
11 Philosophy and religionGlenn Most
12 The legacy of ancient philosophyJill Kraye