Philosophic Classics

Philosophic Classics : Ancient Philosophy

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For courses in Ancient Philosophy. Designed to be accessible to today's students, this anthology of readings in Ancient Western philosophy focuses on the writings of the most important Greek philosophers, along with selections from some of their Roman followers. Striking a balance between major and minor figures, it features the best available translations of texts--complete works or complete selections of works--which are both central to each philosopher's thought and are widely accepted as part of the "canon." The selections are readable and accessible, while still being faithful to the original. Introductions to each philosopher; an abundance of drawings, diagrams, photographs; and a timeline keep students focused throughout.
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  • Paperback | 561 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 802.87g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 013048556X
  • 9780130485564

Table of contents

BEFORE SOCRATES. The Milesians. Thales. Anaximander. Anaximenes. Three Solitary Figures. Pythagoras. Xenophanes. Heraclitus. The Eleatics. Parmenides. Zeno of Elea. Melissus. The Pluralists. Empedocles. Anaxagoras. Democritus (and Leucippus). Two Sophists. Protagoras. Gorgias. Sources of the Fragments. Epilogue: Two Views of Athens. Pericles (as reported by Thucydides), Funeral Oration. Thucydides, The Melian Conference. SOCRATES PLATO. Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo. Meno. Symposium. Republic (Book I, 336b-354c; Book II, 367e-376c; Book III, 412b-417b; Book IV, 427c-448e; Book V, complete: 448e-480a; Books VI-VII, 502c-521b). Parmenides (127-135). Theae tetus (selections). Timaeus (27d-34b). ARISTOTLE. Categories (Chapters 1-5). On Interpretation (Chapters 1-9). Posterior Analytics (Book I, 1-2; Book II, 19). Physics (Book II complete). Metaphysics(Books I and XII complete). On the Soul (Book II, 1-3; 111, 4-5). Nichomachean Ethics (Book I-II; 111, 1-5; IV, 3;VI-VII; X, 6-8). Politics (Bk 1, 1-2; 111, 6-9; IV, 11-12; VII, 3b-4, 9). HELLENISTIC AND ROMAN PHILOSOPHY. Epicurus. Letter to Herodotus. Letter to Menoeceus. Principal Doctrines. The Early Stoa: Zeno of Citium and Cleanthes. Zeno of Citium (Selections from Diogenes Laertius). Hymn to Zeus. Epictetus. Encheiridion (Manual). Leucretius. On the Nature of Things (Book II, [216-292]; III [through 842]). Marcus Aurelius. Meditations (Book IV). Pyrrho and Sextus Empiricus. Outlines of Pyrrhonism (Book I, 1-15). Plotinus. Enneads (Ennead I, Tractate 6; V, 1; V, 3:12.9-end).
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"Students with little or no background in philosophy would likely find it difficult-if not impossible-to comprehend the works of many of the philosophers addressed in each volume on their own. However, this text's informative introductions and careful selection of readings make it possible for students to get a foothold in their primary texts...Students are afforded the opportunity to engage with the works of these illustrious but often inscrutable thinkers." - Jennifer McMahon, Centre College "This collection is by far the best I have seen in this area...And I certainly prefer having all of my material together in one text rather than having students purchase half a dozen books, which then still require supplementation. I cannot imagine a better format or selection of materials that would tempt me away from this collection for another." - Ted Toadvine, Emporia State University
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About Forrest E. Baird

Forrest E. Baird is Professor and Chair of Philosophy & Religion at Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington.
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