Spanning over a thousand years from Homer to Saint Augustine, Classical Thought encompasses a vast range of material in succinct style, while remaining clear and lucid even to those with no philosophical or Classical background The major philosophers and philosophical schools are examined---the Presocratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism, Epicureanism, Neoplatonism; but other important thinkers, such as Greek tragedians,
historians, medical writers, and early Christian writers, are also discussed. The emphasis is naturally on questions of philosophical interest (although the literary and historical background to Classical philosophy is not ignored), and again the scope is broad---ethics, the theory of knowledge, philosophy of
mind, philosophical theology. All this is presented in a fully integrated, highly readable text which covers may of the most important areas of ancient thought and in which stress is laid on the variety and continuity of philosophical thinking after Aristotle.
`an exciting, and rigorous, introduction to the subject which is a delight'
Greece and Rome
'A remarkable combination of wide ranging thought with compactness of treatment. Excellent for introductory courses on ancient philosophy.'
F. S. Halliwell, Birmingham University
'A remarkable feat of exposition, compression, and learning.'
Dr P.J. Fitzpatrick, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Durham
'This is an outstandingly useful introduction to Ancient Philosophy.'
Dr G.J.P. O'Daly, Dept. Classics, University of Nottingham
'A very good general survey of a huge topic - clear, analytic and well-argued.'
Dr C.J. Gill, Exeter University
'An excellent introduction to the subject: clear, concise, and written so as to stimulate undergraduate interest.'
Dr S. Stern-Gillet, Bolton Institute of Higher Education
'Students of Greek political thought will want to read Irwin's book. Its historical range is impressive, stretching from Homer to Augustine ... its scope is wide. Irwin has written a fine volume, a coherent history of classical thought ... students of Greek political theory will want to read this book.'
Daniel H. Frank, University of Kentucky, Polis, Vol.9, No.2, 1990
2: The Naturalist Movement
3: Doubts about Naturalism
10: Christianity and Greek Thought
Notes; Bibliography; Index