Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy: Volume 1

Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy: Volume 1

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M. F. Burnyeat taught for 14 years in the Philosophy Department of University College London, then for 18 years in the Classics Faculty at Cambridge, 12 of them as the Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, before migrating to Oxford in 1996 to become a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at All Souls College. The studies, articles and reviews collected in these two volumes of Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy were all written, and all but two published, before that decisive change. Whether designed for a scholarly audience or for a wider public, they range from the Presocratics to Augustine, from Descartes and Bishop Berkeley to Wittgenstein and G. E. Moore. Their subject-matter falls under four main headings: 'Logic and Dialectic' and 'Scepticism Ancient and Modern', which are contained in this first volume; 'Knowledge' and 'Philosophy and the Good Life' make up the second volume. The title 'Explorations' well expresses Burnyeat's ability to discover new aspects of familiar texts, new ways of solving old problems. In his hands the history of philosophy becomes itself a philosophical activity.
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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 208 x 278 x 52mm | 1,478.7g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521750725
  • 9780521750721
  • 1,434,731

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Logic and Dialectic: 1. Protagoras and self-refutation in later Greek philosophy; 2. Protagoras and self-refutation in Plato's Theaetetus; 3. The upside-down back-to-front sceptic of Lucretius IV.472; 4. Antipater and self-refutation: elusive arguments in Cicero's Academica; 5. Gods and heaps; 6. The origins of non-deductive inference; 7. Enthymeme: Aristotle on the logic of persuasion; Part II. Scepticism Ancient and Modern: 8. Can the sceptic live his scepticism?; 9. Tranquillity without a stop: Timon, frag. 68; 10. Idealism and Greek philosophy: what Descartes saw and Berkeley missed; 11. Conflicting appearances; 12. The sceptic in his place and time; 13. Dissoi logoi; Bibliography.
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About M. F. Burnyeat

M. F. Burnyeat is an Honorary Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded a CBE for his services to scholarship in 2007.
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