Rationality in Greek Thought, a collection of specially written essays by leading international scholars, re-examines ancient ideas of reason and rationality. Conceptions of reason, rationality, and reasonableness have changed considerably over time, and scholars have all too easily projected contemporary ideas of reason onto ancient thought. This tendency has made it impossible for us fully to understand either the central tenets of
ancient philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics, or empiricist tendencies in ancient thought. Rationality in Greek Thought examines distinctive aspects of ancient conceptions of reason, sharpening awareness of the considerable conceptual change, and helping to remove a
serious obstacle to a full understanding of ancient philosophical texts. At the same time, the essays stimulate a reassessment of our own ideas of reason and rationality, helping us set them in historical context and explore alternatives to them.
`an excellent volume'
T. K. Johansen, Journal of Hellenic Studies
`admirable volume ... the quality of the contributions to the collection is high; they constitute a worthy tribute to a remarkable philosopher and teacher ... thought-provoking claims and more besides await the reader of this excellent collection.'
Dana R. Miller, International Philosophical Quarterly
`this volume offers 12 papers and a substantive introduction to the topic by one of the editors. All of the papers are by leading scholars in the field ... There is no comparable volume currently available. Consequently, this anthology should be purchased by all academic libraries supporting graduate programs in philosophy and classics.'
`This collection of papers by a group of first-rate ancient philosophers includes some very interesting and new material ... The quality of the papers is very high, and several of them are unquestionably important contributions to scholarship ... These largely excellent essays have much to contribute, I am sure, to our understanding of Greek thinking about rationality.'
Christopher Gill, Classical Review
`The individual contributions link to the central theme in many different ways; without exception they take issues of fundamental importance and discuss them in a way that all future interpreters will need to take into account.'
`The editors have assembled a powerful team to explore the ancient philosophers' understanding of rationality ... All the essays are uniformly of high standard and together make a satisfying volume ... It would be a fine tribute to Patzig if this book inspired other scholars to continue the debate about whether ancient rationality was the same as ours.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
Michael Frede: Introduction
1: Dorothea Frede: The Philosophical Economy of Plato's Psychology: Rationality and Common Concepts in the Timaeus
2: David Furley: What Kind of Cause is Aristotle's Final Cause?
3: John Cooper: Reason, Moral Virtue, and Moral Value
4: Jacques Brunschwig: Rule and Exception: On the Aristotelian Theory of Equity
5: Michael Frede: Aristotle's Rationalism
6: Jonathan Barnes: Grammar on Aristotle's Terms
7: Gisela Striker: Perfection and Reduction in Aristotle's Prior Analytics
8: Epilogismos: An Appraisal
9: Julia Annas: Scepticism, Old and New
10: G. E. R. Lloyd: Theories and Practices of Demonstration in Galen
11: Mario Mignucci: Ammonius on Future Contingent Propositions
12: Richard Sorabji: Rationality