Voices of Ancient Philosophy

Voices of Ancient Philosophy : An Introductory Reader

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This topically organized collection is intended as an introduction to the many varied voices of ancient philosophy that involves the reader directly in the issues. Rather than proceeding chronologically through different systems, the student engages with a variety of contributions to issues of continuing relevance. A wide diversity of areas, methods, and traditions is presented in a way that recaptures their original freshness. Annas provides substantial
commentary on the reading that uncovers the main lines of argument and encourages students to think about problems. In addition she includes biographical sketches of the thinkers, a chronological timeline, and short discussions of the major movements in ancient philosophy.
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  • Paperback | 478 pages
  • 164 x 235 x 23mm | 777g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195126955
  • 9780195126952
  • 472,936

Table of contents

List of Boxed Material:
Preface:
Introduction:
Chronological Sketch of Ancient Philosophy:
Timeline:
1. FATE AND FREEDOM
Homer, Iliad 16, 512-548
Lucian, Zeus Answers a Few Awkward Questions
A.: PRAISE, BLAME, AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics III, 5
The Stoics on Fate
Alexander of Aphrodisias, On Fate 22
The Stoics on Moral Responsibility
Cicero, On Fate 40-43
Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 7.2, 6-13
Alexander of Aphrodisias, On Fate 11-14
Epicurus, On Nature 34, 26-30
Diogenes of Oenoanda, Epicurean Inscription fragment 54, II-III
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things 2, 251-293
B.: RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LIVES WE LEAD
Plato, Republic 10 (the Myth of Er)
Alcinous, Handbook of Platonism 26
C.: DIVINE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THE FUTURE
Alexander of Aphrodisias, On Fate 30-31
Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy 5
D.: IS THE FUTURE FIXED?
Aristotle, On Interpretation
Diodorus Cronus, The Master Argument (Epictetus, Discourses 11.19, 1-5
The Stoics on Possibility and Necessity
Cicero, On Fate 12-15
Alexander of Aphrodisias, On Fate 10
2. REASON AND EMOTION
A.: EXPLANATION OF INNER CONFLICT
Plato, Republic 4, 436a-444a
Plato, Republic 9, 588b-590d
Plato, Phaedrus 253d-254e
B.: WHAT IS AN EMOTION?
Aristotle, Rhetoric II, part of 1,2,5,8
Aristotle, Niomachean Ethics II, 1, parts of 2 and 3; IV, 5
The Early Stoics on the Emotions
Seneca, On Anger I, 7-9, 12-14, 17-18; II, 1-4, 6-10, 28
C.: A TEST CASE
Euripides, Medea 1021-1080
Epictetus, Discourses I, 28,1-9; II, 17, 17-25
Galen, On the Doctrines of Hippocrates and Plato III, 3, 13-24
D.: REASON, THE EMOTIONS, AND FAITH
The Fourth Book of Maccabees selections
3. KNOWLEDGE, BELIEF, AND SKEPTICISM
A.: KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE
Plato, Laches 189d-201c
B.: KNOWLEDGE AND TRUE BELIEF
Plato, Meno 80a-86d, 96b-99e
Plato, Theaetetus 200d-201c
C.: RELATIVISM
Plato, Theaetetus 166e-172b, 177c-179b
D.: THE STRUCTURE OF A SYSTEM OF KNOWLEDGE
Plato, Republic 475b-484a, 507b-511e, 514a-518d, 523a-525b, 531c-535a
Aristotle, Posterior Analytics I, 1-3; II, 19
Aristotle, Metaphysics I, 1-3; II, 1
Aristotle, Parts of Animals I, 5
E.: KNOWLEDGE FROM EXPERIENCE
Epicurus on Knowledge
The Stoics on Knowledge
F.: SKEPTICISM
Plato, Theaetetus 148c-151d
Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism I, 1-30, 100-117;III, 1-12
4. METAPHYSICAL QUESTIONS
A.: REALITY AND PARADOX
Parmenides, The Way of Truth fragments 1-8
Zeno of Elea, Arguments against Motion
B.: PLATO'S FORMS: FOR AND AGAINST
Plato, Phaedo 73c-76e
Plato, Phaedo 78c-79a
Plato, Symposium 209e-212a
Plato, Republic 596a-597e
Plato, Parmenides 128e-135c
Diogenes of Sinope, Lives of the Philosophers VI, 53
The Stoics on Plato's Forms
Aristotle, On Forms
C.: CAUSE AND EXPLANATION
Hippocratic Writings, The Sacred Disease selections
Plato, Phaedo 96a-101e
Aristotle, On Coming-to-Be and Passing-Away II, 9
Aristotle, Physics II, 3, 7-9
Plutarch, Life of Pericles 6
The Epicureans against Teleology
D.: TIME
Aristotle, Physics IV, 10-11, 14
The Stoics on Time
Augustine, Confessions XI, selections
5. HOW SHOULD YOU LIVE?
A.: THE STARTING POINT FOR ETHICAL REFLECTION
Aristotle, Rhetoric I, 5 (extract)
Herodotus, Histories I, 29-34
B.: THE FIRST THEORIES: VIRTUE AND HAPPINESS
Democritus, Fragments on Ethics
Plato, Gorgias, 468e-479e
C.: THE MAJOR THEORIES
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I, 1,2,4,5,7-10
The Stoics
Cicero, On Final Ends III, 16-17, 20-26, 32-39, 42-71
The Epicureans
Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus 121-135
Cicero, On Final Ends I, 29-33, 37-70
D.: DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
Plato, Theaetetus, 172b-177c
The Gospel of Matthew 5, 2-20
Plotinus, Enneads I, 4
6. SOCIETY AND THE STATE
A.: IS NATURE OR CONVENTION THE BASIS OF SOCIETY AND THE STATE?
Plato, Protagoras 320c-323c
Antiphon the Sophist, Fragment 7
Plato, Gorgias 482e-484c
Plato, Crito 50a-54e
Plato, Repubic 358c-360d
Aristotle, Politics I, 2
Aristotle, Politics III, 9
Epicureans
Epicurus, Principal Doctrines 31-38
Diogenes of Oenoanda, Epicurean Inscription fragment 56
Cicero, On Duties III, 37-39
Stoicism
Cicero, On Laws I, 17-35, 42-45
B.: POLITICAL RULE: EXPERTISE AND THE RULE OF LAW
Twofold Arguments 7
Plato0 Republic 488a-489c
Plato, Statesman 291d-303b
Aristotle, Politics I, 1; III, 4,11
C.: DEMOCRACY AND THE BEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Herodotus, Histories III, 80-83
The Old Oligarch
Aristotle, Politics IV, 3,4,7-9.11
Polybius, Histories, VI, 2
Further Reading
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"A provocative selection of readings. I am highly impressed. And at a price affordable to the student!"--Wendy C. Hamblet, California State University, Stanislaus
"It is a pleasure to see an introductory reader on ancient philosophy organized around key philosophical problems. An excellent selection of topics and readings."--David Bowen, University of North Florida
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About Julia Annas

Julia Annas is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.
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