Synopses & Reviews
Covering over 1000 years of classical philosophy from Homer to Saint Augustine, this accessible, comprehensive study details the major philosophies and philosophers of the period--the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Neoplatonism. Though the emphasis is on questions of philosophical interest, particularly ethics, the theory of knowledge, philosophy of mind, and philosophical theology, Irwin includes discussions of the literary and historical background to classical philosophy as well as the work of other important thinkers--Greek tragedians, historians, medical writers, and early Christian writers. The most complete one-volume introduction to ancient philosophy available, the book will be an invaluable survey for students of philosophy and classics and general readers.
"No comparable introductory work available in English has its virtues of spanning a wide chronological range and being philosophically sophisticated and informed. It deserves to be widely used, because it is widely useful....This is the best available history of ancient philosophy for beginners."--Philosophical Review
"A readable and lucid introduction; this book can be used in both graduate and undergraduate surveys."--David Larmour, Texas Tech University
"Offers the student a thoughtful and 'reasonable' overall look at the origins of Classical thought."--James T. Svendsen, University of Utah
"This is an excellent introductory text for students with very little background in philosophy. The writing is both engaging and lucid, the arguments are well formed, and the treatment of philosophers is both fairminded and judicious. Especially helpful is the author's material on philosophical movements subsequent to Aristotle."--William A. Sumruld College of the Southwest
"Exactly what I need as a background reader for the medieval philosophy course I'm preparing: very concise, broad, and accurate."--Alan Nelson, University of California, Irvine
A study of classical thought covering over 1,000 years, from Homer to Saint Augustine. The main philosophers and philosophies are examined as well as the Greek tragedians, historians, medical writers and early Christian writers, with some literary and historical background to the philosophy.
Table of Contents
2. The Naturalist Movement
3. Doubts about Naturalism
10. Christianity and Greek Thought
Notes; Bibliography; Index