J. L. Ackrill's work on Plato and Aristotle has had a considerable influence upon ancient philosophical studies in the late twentieth century. In his writings the rigour and clarity of contemporary analytic philosophy are brought to bear upon ancient thought; in many cases he has provided the first analytic treatment of a key issue. Gathered now in this volume are the best of Ackrill's essays on the two greatest philosophers of antiquity. With philosophical acuity
and philological expertise he examines a wide range of texts and topics--from ethics and logic to epistemology and metaphysics--which continue to be in the focus of debate.
`The virtues of the analytical approach are amply illustrated in this volume. The articles are exempla of analysis, rigorous interpretations of key texts that consistently bring important philosophical issues into new and critical light.'
T. K. Johansen, The Classical Review
`These seminal papers remain required reading for those working in the field and are almost invariably cited in contemporary discussions of the themes that they discuss ... Although many of these papers are otherwise easily available, their collection in a single volume is to be welcomed. The book serves as a fitting testimonial to the career of one who has had a key role in shaping the study of ancient philosophy as it is pursued today.'
Owen Goldin, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
a volume which will hardly need recommendation.../ It contains some of the finest papers written by the author over a period of some 30 years.../ These open-minded, carefully argued essays are models of their kind (some, such as 'Aristotle's distinction between IEnergiaI and IKinesisI' deserve to count as real classics). They are invariably helpful, even where one might question or qualify some of their presuppositions (such as the presupposition in
'Aristotle's Theological Argument'...) / Keimpe Algra, Phronesis XLIV/2, 1999.