Aimed at students of classics and of philosophy who would like a taste of the subject before being committed to a full course and at those who have already started and need to find their bearings in what may seem at first a complex maze of names and schools, "Introducing Greek Philosophy" is a concise, lively, philosophically aware introduction to ancient Greek philosophy. The book begins with the Milesians in Asia Minor before moving over to the developments in the western Greek world, then focusing on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in Athens, finishing with the Hellenistic schools and their arrival in Rome, where the main ideas are set out in the Latin poetry of Lucretius and the prose of Cicero.The book eschews the method of most histories of ancient philosophy of addressing one thinker after another through the centuries. Instead, after a basic mapping of the territory, it takes the great themes that the Greeks were engaged in from the earliest times, and looks at them individually, their development in argument and counter-argument, from the beginnings of recorded Greek history, through the various upheavals of tyrannies, democracies, oligarchies and kingships, to their introduction into Rome in the first century BC.
Table of Contents
Preface Chronology 1. Mapping the territory 2. Language, logic and literary form 3. Cosmologies 4. Pagan monotheism 5. Souls and selves 6. Believing, doubting and knowing 7. Leadership, law and the origins of political theory 8. Ethics, goodness and happiness Epilogue Appendix: Sources for Greek philosophy Glossary Notes Further Reading Index of passages Index
M. R. Wright is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Wales.