Spanning 1200 years of intellectual history – from the 6th century BCE emergence of philosophical enquiry in the Greek city-state of Miletus, to the 6th century CE closure of the Academy in Athens in 529 – Philosophy of Mind in Antiquity provides an outstanding survey of philosophy of mind of the period. It covers a crucial era for the history of philosophy of mind, examining the enduring and controversial arguments of Plato and Aristotle, in addition to the contribution of the Stoics and other key figures.
Following an introduction by John Sisko, fifteen specially commissioned chapters by an international team of contributors discuss key topics, thinkers, and debates, including:
- the Presocratics,
- natural science,
- mind, perception, and body,
- the Stoics,
- Galen, and
Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, ancient philosophy, and the history of philosophy, Philosophy of Mind in Antiquity is also a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as Classics.
Table of Contents
Introduction to volume 1 John E. Sisko 1. Presocratic interest in the soul's persistence after death John Palmer 2. Presocratic accounts of perception and cognition Patricia Curd 3. Soul, perception and thought in the Hippocratic corpus Hynek Bartoš 4. Plato’s guide to living with your body Russell E. Jones and Patricia Marechal 5. Plato and the tripartition of soul Rachel Singpurwalla 6. Cosmic and human cognition in the Timaeus Gabor Betegh 7. The power of Aristotle’s hylomorphic approach Kelsey Ward and Ronald Polansky 8. Aristotle on the intellect and limits of natural science Christopher Frey 9. Aristotle on the cognition of time John Bowin 10. Aristotle on mind, perception, and body John E. Sisko 11. Rational impressions and the stoic philosophy of mind Vanessa de Harven 12. Mind in an atomistic world: Epicurus and the Epicurean tradition Francesca Masi and Francesco Verde 13. Galen's philosophy of mind R.J. Hankinson 14. Plotinus' theory of affection Ana Laura Edelhoff 15. Intellect in Alexander of Aphrodisias and John Philoponus: divine, human or both? Frans A.J. de Haas Index
John E. Sisko is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Queens University of Charlotte, USA. He has published in ancient philosophy of mind and physics, including papers in Ancient Philosophy, Apeiron, Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie, Classical Quarterly, Mind, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Phronesis.
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