1st Edition

Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics An Introduction to Hellenistic Philosophy

By R.W. Sharples Copyright 1996
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    This study gives a comprehensive and readable account of the principal doctrines of the Stoics, Epicureans and various sceptical traditions from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to about 200 AD. The discussion is arranged by topics, rather than schools, in order to bring out the underlying issues and make clear what the different schools have in common and how they differ. At the same time, the coherence of each system as a whole is emphasised. The Hellenistic philosophers and schools of philosophy are emerging from the shadow of Plato and Aristotle and are increasingly studied for their intrinsic philosophical value. Yet not only are they interesting in their own right, but they also form the intellectual background of the late Roman Republic and the early Empire. A thorough understanding of them is therefore essential for the appreciation of Latin thought and literature. Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics provides an introduction to the subject for all who are interested in understanding the significance of this period of ancient thought.

    Preface Abbreviations 1. Hellenistic Philosophy: Aims, Context, Personalities, Sources 2. How do we know anything? 3. What is reality? 4. What are we? 5. How can I be happy? 6. What about other people? 7. Epilogue Suggestions for further reading Index


    R W Sharples holds a personal Chair in Classics at University College, London. He has published widely in Classical Studies and Philosophy.