Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813926 / 1554813921
  • 250 pages; 6" x 9"
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Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings

  • Publication Date: December 24, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813926 / 1554813921
  • 250 pages; 6" x 9"

Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings is designed as an approachable guide to the most important and influential works of ancient philosophy. The book begins with a brief overview of ancient Greek mythology and the pre-Socratic philosophers. It then examines a number of the most important works from Plato and Aristotle, including Euthyphro, Meno, Republic, the Categories, the Physics, and the Nicomachean Ethics, before concluding with a brief look at Hellenistic philosophy. Readers who might otherwise struggle with the original texts will find an exceedingly helpful guide in Stumpf’s clear explanations and analyses. Numerous diagrams and images are provided to aid in comprehension.

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“Andrew Stumpf’s Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings is a superb introductory text. Eminently clear and accessible, it provides judicious and balanced coverage of key thinkers and their systems. I would recommend it highly to any instructor developing a course in the field and to any student or interested layperson seeking a useful aid in self-study.” — Travis Dumsday, Concordia University of Edmonton

“Stumpf’s Ancient Philosophy is a very attractive—a very teacherly—introduction to the subject, aimed at undergraduate students. Succinct, well-organized, and clear, it is designed as a companion volume to the primary texts that are standardly read in a basic university course on the subject; it is not a substitute for those texts themselves. Clearly the product of a good deal of experience in the classroom, it is shrewd in anticipating what in the material is likely to mystify—or to entrance—a student; its judicious use of illustrations is particularly striking. Most important, it keeps its eye on the big picture: the overall shape of the first millennium of philosophical work in the West and the substantial contribution of that work to our own scientific and philosophical outlook.” — John Thorp, Western University

Introduction: Why Study Ancient Philosophy?

Chapter I: Greek Myth and the Rise of Philosophy

  1. Greek Religion and Mythological Explanation
  2. The First Philosophers
  3. Socrates, Plato and the Sophists

Chapter II: Defining Virtue: Plato’s Euthyphro and Meno

  1. The Euthyphro: Socratic Method in Action
  2. The Meno: Socrates, the Teacher of Virtue

Chapter III: Plato’s Phaedo and the Immortality of the Soul

  1. The Structure and Content of Plato’s Phaedo
  2. The Soul in Aristotle and in Later Thinkers

Chapter IV: Justice and the Good in Plato’s Republic

  1. Republic I & II: Is Justice Socially Constructed?
  2. Justice in the State and in the Individual
  3. The Philosopher Kings and Their Education

Chapter V: Logic and Science in Aristotle

  1. Logic and Reality in the Categories
  2. Science and Learning in the Posterior Analytics

Chapter VI: Nature and First Philosophy

  1. Aristotle’s Physics
  2. Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Chapter VII: Good People and Good Cities: Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics

  1. Practical Philosophy
  2. Key Teachings and Arguments from the Nicomachean Ethics
  3. Politics: The Master Science

Chapter VIII: Hellenistic Philosophy, Christianity and Neoplatonism

  1. Hellenistic Philosophy
  2. Christianity and Neoplatonism

Conclusion: The Road to the Middle Ages

Andrew Stumpf teaches philosophy at the University of Waterloo.

  • — A guide to many of the most important works from Plato and Aristotle, including Euthyphro, Meno, Republic, the Categories, the Physics, and the Nicomachean Ethics.
  • — Includes a chapter on Greek mythology, sophism, and the pre-Socratic philosophers
  • — Also includes a chapter on philosophy after Aristotle: Hellenistic thought, Christianity, Neoplatonism, and the road to the Middle Ages.
  • — Diagrams, images, and a friendly tone make the ancient arguments easy to understand
  • — Can be read on its own or alongside the corresponding source texts

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