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Knowledge, Nature, and the Good : Essays on Ancient Philosophy - John M. Cooper

Knowledge, Nature, and the Good

Essays on Ancient Philosophy

Paperback Published: 24th October 2004
ISBN: 9780691117249
Number Of Pages: 400

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"Knowledge, Nature, and the Good" brings together some of John Cooper's most important works on ancient philosophy. In thirteen chapters that represent an ideal companion to the author's influential "Reason and Emotion," Cooper addresses a wide range of topics and periods--from Hippocratic medical theory and Plato's epistemology and moral philosophy, to Aristotle's physics and metaphysics, academic scepticism, and the cosmology, moral psychology, and ethical theory of the ancient Stoics.

Almost half of the pieces appear here for the first time or are presented in newly expanded, extensively revised versions. Many stand at the cutting edge of research into ancient ethics and moral psychology. Other chapters, dating from as far back as 1970, are classics of philosophical scholarship on antiquity that continue to play a prominent role in current teaching and scholarship in the field. All of the chapters are distinctive for the way that, whatever the particular topic being pursued, they attempt to understand the ancient philosophers' views in philosophical terms drawn from the ancient philosophical tradition itself (rather than from contemporary philosophy).

Through engaging creatively and philosophically with the ancient texts, these essays aim to make ancient philosophical perspectives freshly available to contemporary philosophers and philosophy students, in all their fascinating inventiveness, originality, and deep philosophical merit. This book will be treasured by philosophers, classicists, students of philosophy and classics, those in other disciplines with an interest in ancient philosophy, and anyone who seeks to understand philosophy in philosophical terms.

"The marks of a true multi-culturalism hidden in the methods of great classicism are present in John M. Cooper's Knowledge, Nature, and the Good... Works of loving scholarship such as this ... develop our ability to appreciate the wondrous otherness of Greek culture--of, in fact, any culture."--Arthur J. Spring, Bridges

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Method and Science in On Ancient Medicinep. 3
Plato on Sense-Perception and Knowledge (Theaetetus 184-186)p. 43
Plato, Isocrates, and Cicero on the Independence of Oratory from Philosophyp. 65
Arcesilaus: Socratic and Skepticp. 81
Aristotle on Natural Teleologyp. 107
Hypothetical Necessityp. 130
Two Notes on Aristotle on Mixturep. 148
Metaphysics in Aristotle's Embryologyp. 174
Stoic Autonomyp. 204
The Good
Two Theories of Justicep. 247
Plato and Aristotle on "Finality" and "(Self-) Sufficiency"p. 270
Moral Theory and Moral Improvement: Senecap. 309
Moral Theory and Moral Improvement: Marcus Aureliusp. 335
Bibliographyp. 369
Index of Passagesp. 381
General Indexp. 397
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ISBN: 9780691117249
ISBN-10: 0691117241
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 24th October 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61

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