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Classical Philosophy

A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 1
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Peter Adamson
History of Philosophy
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Classical Philosophy is the first of a series of books in which Peter Adamson aims ultimately to present a complete history of philosophy, more thoroughly but also more enjoyably than ever before. In short, lively chapters, based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, he offers an accessible, humorous, and detailed look at the emergence of philosophy with the Presocratics, the probing questions of Socrates, and the first full flowering ofphilosophy with the dialogues of Plato and the treatises of Aristotle. The story is told 'without any gaps', discussing not only such major figures but also less commonly discussed topics like the Hippocratic Corpus, the Platonic Academy, and the role of women in ancient philosophy. Within the thought of Plato and
Aristotle, the reader will find in-depth introductions to major works, such as the Republic and the Nicomachean Ethics, which are treated in detail that is unusual in an introduction to ancient philosophy. Adamson looks at fascinating but less frequently read Platonic dialogues like the Charmides and Cratylus, and Aristotle's ideas in zoology and poetics. This full coverage allows him to tackle ancient discussions in all areas of philosophy, including
epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, ethics and politics. Attention is also given to the historical and literary context of classical philosophy, with exploration of how early Greek cosmology responded to the poets Homer and Hesiod, how Socrates was presented by the comic playwright Aristophanes and the
historian Xenophon, and how events in Greek history may have influenced Plato's thought. This is a new kind of history which will bring philosophy to life for all readers, including those coming to the subject for the first time.
Preface; Early Greek Philosophy; 1 Everything is Full of Gods: Thales; 2 Infinity and Beyond: Anaximander and Anaximines; 3 Created in Our Image: Xenophanes; 4 The Man with the Golden Thigh: Pythagoras; 5 Old Man River: Heraclitus; 6 The Road Less Traveled: Parmenides; 7 You Can't Get There From Here: the Eleatics; 8 The Final Cut: The Atomists; 9 Mind over mixture: Anaxagoras; 10 All You Need is Love, and Five Other Things: Empedocles; 11 Good Humor Men: the Hippocratic Corpus; 12 Making the Weaker Argument the Stronger: The Sophists; Socrates and Plato; 13 Socrates Without Plato: The Portrayals of Aristophanes and Xenophon; 14 Method Man: Plato's Socrates; 15 In Dialogue: The Life and Writings of Plato; 16 Know Thyself: Two Unloved Platonic Dialogues; 17 Virtue Meets its Match: Plato's Gorgias; 18 We Don't Need No Education: Plato's Meno; 19 I Know, Because the Caged Bird Sings: Plato's Theaetetus; 20 Famous Last Words: Plato's Phaedo; 21 Soul and the City: Justice in Plato's Republic; 22 Ain't No Sunshine: the Cave Allegory of Plato's Republic; 23 Second Thoughts: Plato's Parmenides and the Forms; 24 Untying the Not: Plato's Sophist; 25 What's in a Name?: Plato's Cratylus; 26 A Likely Story: Plato's Timaeus; 27 Wings of Desire: Plato's Erotic Dialogues; 28 Last Judgments: Plato, Poetry, and Myth; Aristotle; 29 Mr Know it All: Aristotle's Life and Works; 30 The Philosopher's Toolkit: Aristotle's Logical Works; 31 A Principled Stand: Aristotle's Epistemology; 32 Down to Earth: Aristotle on Substance; 33 Form and Function: Aristotle's Four Causes; 34 Let's Get Physical: Aristotle's Natural Philosophy; 35 Soul Power: Aristotle's De Anima; 36 Classified Information: Aristotle's Biology; 37 The Goldilocks Theory: Aristotle's Ethics; 38 The Second Self: Aristotle on Pleasure and Friendship; 39 God Only Knows: Aristotle on Mind and God; 40 Constitutional Conventions: Aristotle's Political Philosophy; 41 Stage Directions: Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics; 42 Anything You Can Do: Women and Ancient Philosophy; 43 The Next Generation: The Followers of Plato and Aristotle; Guide to Further Reading

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