Synopses & Reviews
Esteemed for providing the best available translations, Philosophic Classics: Ancient Philosophy, features complete works or complete sections of the most important works by the major thinkers, as well as shorter samples from transitional thinkers.
First published in 1961, Forrest E. Baird's revision of Philosophic Classics, Pearson Education's long-standing anthology (available in split volumes), continues the tradition of providing generations of students with high quality course material. Using the complete works, or where appropriate, complete sections of works, this anthology allows philosophers to speak directly to students.
For more information on the main combined anthology, or the additional period volumes, please see below:
Philosophic Classics: From Plato to Derrida, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783864
Philosophic Classics, Volume II: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783902
Philosophic Classics, Volume III: Modern Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783899
This fascinating anthology of classic philosophical readings provides clear translations of the most important Greek philosophers and some of their Roman followers, key influences on the development of Western civilization. This book begins with the fragmentary statements of the Pre-Socratics, moves through the all-embracing systems of Plato and Aristotle, and culminates in the practical advice of the Hellenistic writers. For anyone interested in owning a collection of clearly translated philosophical works.
About the Author
Forrest Baird has taught at Whitworth since 1978. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in philosophy, most summers he teaches for Fuller Theological Seminary in extension programs throughout the West. Dr. Baird has a B.A. from Westmont, an M.Div. From Fuller, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University. In his time at Whitworth, Dr. Baird has been selected by five graduating classes as the "Most Influential Professor" and has also been voted "Teacher of the Year" by his colleagues. Dr. Baird has studied the problem of evil while a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's University and Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and more recently has been studying Chinese philosophy. Dr. Baird's most recent scholarly work has been editing the six-volume Philosophic Classics series for Prentice Hall. His other works include editing the book, Human Thought and Action: Readings in Western Intellectual History, and co-authoring (with Jack Rogers) the HarperCollins textbook, Introduction to Philosophy: A Case Study Approach.
Table of Contents
New selections in bold.
Thales Anaximander Anaximenes
Three Solitary Figures
Pythagoras Xenophanes Heraclitus
Parmenides Zeno of Elea
Empedocles Anaxagoras Democritus (and Leucippus)
Protagoras Gorgias Critias
Epilogue I: Two Views of Athens Thucydides
Pericles Funeral Oration The Melian Conference
Epilogue II: Aspasia PLATO
Euthyphro Apology Crito Phaedo Meno Symposium (189c-193d; 201d-end (223d)) Republic (Book I, 336b-349b; 350d-354b; Book II, 357a-362c; 367e-376e; Book III, 386b-d; 387b-388e; 412b-417b; Book IV, 427d-445e; Book V, complete: 449-480a; Book VI-VII, 502c-521b Book VIII 562a-563-e) Parmenides (127-135) Theaetetus (selections) PLEASE NOTE THIS SECTION MAY BE CUT DUE TO PAGE COUNT, PLEASE CHECK AFTER BOOK HAS PUBLISHED AND CORRECT ACCORDINGLY Timaeus (27d-34b) Laws (selections)
Categories (Chapters 1-5) On Interpretation (Chapters 1-9) Posterior Analytics (Book I, 1-2; Book II, 19) Physics (Book II complete) Metaphysics (Books I and XII complete) On the Soul (Book II, 1-3; Book III, 4-5) Nichomachean Ethics (Book I-II; Book III, 1-5; Book IV, 3; Books VI-VII; Book X,6-8, 9) Politics (Book I, 1-2; Book III, 6-9; Book IV, 11-12; Book VII, 3b-4, 9) Poestics (Chapter 6)
HELLENISTIC AND ROMAN PHILOSOPHY
Letter to Herodotus Letter to Menoeceus Principal Doctrines
On the Nature of Universe (Book II, 216-284; Book III, tselections through 831)
The Early Stoa: Zeno of Citium and Cleanthes
Zeno of Citium (selections from Diogenes Laertius) Cleanthes, Hymn to Zeus
Handbook (Encheiridion )
Meditations (Book IV)
Pyrrho and Sextus Empiricus
Outlines of Pyrrhonism (Book I, 1-15) THIS MAY CHANGE TO 1-13 DEPENDING ON PAGE COUNT PLEASE CHECK UPON PUBLICATION
Enneads (I, Tractate 6; V, Tractate 1, 1-12; V, Tractate 3, 12,9-end)-THE BOLDED SECTION MAY BE DELETED DEPENDING ON FINAL PAGE COUNT