Retrieving the Ancients: An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

Retrieving the Ancients: An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

By: David Roochnik (author)Paperback

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"Retrieving the Ancients" tells the story of the first philosophers in the West. A clear and engaging introduction to ancient Greek philosophy, this work tells the story of the first philosophers in the West, from Thales to Aristotle. It has a strong sense of narrative drive. This work treats the history of ancient Greek philosophy dialectically, as a conversation in which each thinker responds to and moves beyond his predecessors. It argues that the works of the ancients are as valuable today as ever.

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David Roochnik is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His previous publications Of Art and Wisdom: Plato's Understanding of Techne (1996) and Beautiful City: The Dialectical Character of Plato's Republic (2003). In addition to his scholarly work in the field of ancient Greek philosophy, he has also published a short story and has recently completed a novel.


Introduction.Two Reasons to Study Ancient Greek Philosophy.The Organization and Strategy of This Book.1: The Presocratics.Preliminaries.Before the Beginning: Hesiod.The Ionian Philosophers of the Sixth Century.a) The Beginning: Thales of Miletus.b) The First Debate: Anaximander v. Anaximenes.c) Sixth-Century Rationalism: Xenophanes and Pythagoras.d) The Crisis of Sixth-Century Philosophy.Heraclitus and Parmenides: Extreme Solutions.a) Heraclitus: Lover of Flux.b) Parmenides: Champion of Being.Fifth-Century Elementalism.a) Democritus: Atomic Theory.b) Empedocles: Evolution.c) Anaxagoras.2: The Sophists and Socrates.A New Beginning: The Sophists.Protagoras.Gorgias.Socrates.3: Plato.Preliminaries.Plato's Critique of the Presocratics.Plato's Critique of the Sophists.a) The "Self-Reference" Argument.b) The Reductio ad Absurdum.c) "What is it?".d) "The Old Quarrel:" Philosophy v. Sophistry.Recollection.a) The Phaedo.b) The Meno.The Divided Line and the Form of the Good.a) The Divided Line.b) The Form of the Good.Eros.The Political Implications of the Forms.4: Aristotle.Preliminaries.Aristotle's Conception of Nature.a) "By Nature".b) Form and Matter.c) The Four Causes.Aristotle's Psychology.Teleological Ethics.a) Moral Virtue.b) Intellectual Virtue.Natural Politics.a) The Political Animal.b) Best Life; Best City.Conclusion.References.Index

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  • publication date: 07/05/2004
  • ISBN13: 9781405108621
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781405108621
  • weight: 366
  • ISBN10: 1405108622

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