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Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy

Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy
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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781107400061

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About the Authors
  • M.F. Burnyeat taught for 14 years in the Philosophy Department of University College London, then for 18 years in the Classics Faculty at Cambridge, 12 of them as the Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, before migrating to Oxford in 1996 to become a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at All Souls College. The studies, articles and reviews collected in these two volumes of Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy were all written, and all but two published, before that decisive change. Whether designed for a scholarly audience or for a wider public, they range from the Presocratics to Augustine, from Descartes and Bishop Berkeley to Wittgenstein and G.E. Moore. Their subject-matter falls under four main headings: Part I on Logic and Dialectic, Part II on Scepticism Ancient and Modern, Part III on Knowledge, Part IV on Philosophy and the Good Life. The title ‘Explorations’ well expresses Burnyeat’s ability to discover new aspects of familiar texts, new ways of solving old problems. In his hands the history of philosophy becomes itself a philosophical activity.

    • A collection of essays by one of the world's greatest ancient philosophers alive today
    • The only place where so much of his previously published work is collected
    • Includes many seminal contributions to the subject
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...The collection as a whole reveals the historical and philosophical power of a truly extraordinary mind, one whose influence has been almost as great through his teaching as through his books and the papers collected here.... It would be foolish to pick out one or two of these papers for discussion. Every reader will have his or her favorites.... Readers who have come this far will already know what to do – buy this book or make sure that their library does so as soon as possible.... the reader has been brought to deeper insights in a way that is as much literary and historical as it is philosophical..."
    --Brad Inwood, University of Toronto, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781107400061
    • length: 776 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. Logic and Dialectic:
    1. Protagoras and self-refutation in later Greek philosophy
    2. Protagoras and self-refutation in Plato's Theaetetus
    3. The upside-down back-to-front sceptic of Lucretius IV.472
    4. Antipater and self-refutation: elusive arguments in Cicero's Academica
    5. Gods and heaps
    6. The origins of non-deductive inference
    7. Enthymeme: Aristotle on the logic of persuasion
    Part II. Scepticism Ancient and Modern:
    8. Can the sceptic live his scepticism?
    9. Tranquillity without a stop: Timon, frag. 68
    10. Idealism and Greek philosophy: what Descartes saw and Berkeley missed
    11. Conflicting appearances
    12. The sceptic in his place and time
    13. Dissoi logoi
    Bibliography. Volume 2: Part I. Knowledge:
    1. Examples in epistemology: Socrates, Theaetetus and G. E. Moore
    2. Socratic midwifery, Platonic inspiration
    3. The philosophical sense of Theaetetus' mathematics
    4. Plato on the grammar of perceiving
    5. Socrates and the jury: paradoxes in Plato's distinction between knowledge and true belief
    6. Aristotle on understanding knowledge
    7. Platonism and mathematics: a prelude to discussion
    8. Wittgenstein and Augustine, De magistro
    Part II. Philosophy and the Good Life:
    9. Message from Heraclitus
    10. Virtues in action
    11. The impiety of Socrates
    12. The passion of reason in Plato's Phaedrus
    13. Aristotle on learning to be good
    14. Did the ancient Greeks have the concept of human rights?
    15. Sphinx without a secret
    16. First words

  • Author

    M. F. Burnyeat, University of Cambridge
    M. F. Burnyeat is an Honorary Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded a CBE for his services to scholarship in 2007.

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