Ancient Philosophy

Ancient Philosophy

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"This is the remarkable story of the birth of philosophy, its flourishing in the ancient Mediterranean world, and the development of ideas which have shaped the course of Western thought and society. Sir Anthony Kenny's stimulating account begins with Pythagoras and Thales, and ends with St Augustine, who handed on the torch of philosophy to the Christian age. At the centre of the narrative are the two great figures of Plato and Aristotle, who between them set the agenda for philosophy for the next two millennia, and whose influence is as profound today as ever. The fruit of a lifetime's scholarship and insight, Ancient Philosophy sets the philosophers and their ideas in historical context, and explains the significance and impact of each wave of new ideas. It is the first volume in a magisterial new series, which brings the history of philosophy alive to anyone who wants to understand the roots of Western civilization. Book jacket."--Jacket.
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780198752738
0198752733
9780198752721
0198752725
Branch Call Number: 190 K36a 2004
Characteristics: xvi, 341 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm

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Feb 16, 2016

An accessible introductory history of Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, with some use of Roman expositors of those philosophies (mainly just Epicurianism and Stoicism).
Its main strength and distinguishing feature is its structure, which doesn't use the name of the thinker and explicate his thought, rather, its (mostly) structured according to topic (knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, etc.), so the reader can get a better sense of the developments within a topic over time.

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