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This fourth Companion to Ancient Thought is devoted to ancient ethics. The chapters range over the ethical theories of all the major philosophers and schools from the earliest times to the work of the Hellenistic philosophers. There is a substantial introduction which considers the question of what is distinctive about ancient ethics, and an extensive bibliography. This collection provides a sophisticated and accessible introduction to the moral theories of the ancient world.
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"...this rich collection contains important essays, each by a scholar whose previous translation or commentary is well known for the topic on which he or she is writing." Laurence D. Houlgate, Ethics "This is an excellent collection of essays by eight accomplished philosophical scholars. No previous collection on ancient ethics matches both the quality of the essays and the range of figures covered. This collection is a worthy companion to serious study of ancient ethical thought." Ancient Philosophy
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1. Introduction: virtue and morality; 2. Pre-platonic ethics Charles H. Kahn; 3. Platonic ethics C. C. W. Taylor; 4. Aristotle on nature and value Stephen Everson; 5. Some issues in Aristotle's moral psychology John McDowell; 6. The inferential foundations of Epicurean ethics David Sedley; 7. Socratic paradox and Stoic theory T. H. Irwin; 8. Doing without objective values: ancient and modern strategies Julia Annas; 9. Moral responsibility: Aristotle and after Susan Sauve Meyer.
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