The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound. This book introduces ancient debates, engaging us with the ancient developments of their themes. Moving away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of great thinkers, the book gives readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy, and of its wide variety of themes and styles.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style,Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
Introduction; 1 Humans and beasts: understanding ourselves; 2 Why do we read Platos Republic?; 3 The happy life, ancient and modern; 4 Reason, knowledge and scepticism; 5 Logic and reality; 6 When did it all begin? (and what is it anyway?); Further Reading; Notes; Index.
Series: Very Short Introductions
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 12th October 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 11.43
Weight (kg): 0.14