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Immortality in Ancient Philosophy

  • Editor: A. G. Long, University of St Andrews, Scotland
A. G. Long, Simon Trépanier, Phillip Sidney Horky, Suzanne Obdrzalek, Catherine Rowett, James Warren, Sami Yli-Karjanmaa, Lloyd P. Gerson, Animae Sebastian Gertz
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  • Date Published: June 2021
  • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2022
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108832281


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  • Immortality was central to ancient philosophical reflections on the soul, happiness, value and divinity. Conceptions of immortality flowed into philosophical ethics and theology, and modern reconstructions of ancient thought in these areas sometimes turn on the interpretation of immortality. This volume brings together original research on immortality from early Greek philosophy, such as the Pythagoreans and Empedocles, to Augustine. The contributors consider not only arguments concerning the soul's immortality, but also the diverse and often subtle accounts of what immortality is, both in Plato and in less familiar philosophers, such as the early Stoics and Philo of Alexandria. The book will be of interest to all those interested in immortality and divinity in ancient philosophy, particularly scholars and advanced students.

    • · Provides a philosophically and philologically rigorous overview of immortality in ancient philosophy · Explores a key concept which, despite its importance in ancient philosophy and abiding interest for philosophers, is rarely given the same level of attention as the soul, happiness or virtue · Ranges widely from the Presocratics to Augustine
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    • Date Published: June 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108832281
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2022
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction A. G. Long
     1. The soul and the celestial afterlife in Greek philosophy before Plato Simon Trépanier
     2. Pythagorean immortality of the soul? Phillip Sidney Horky
     3. The philosopher's reward: Contemplation and immortality in Plato's dialogues Suzanne Obdrzalek
     4. Pre-existence, life-after-death, and atemporal beings in Plato's Phaedo Catherine Rowett
     5. The immortal and the imperishable in Aristotle, early Stoicism and Epicureanism A. G. Long
     6. Socrates and the symmetry argument James Warren
     7. Immortality in Philo of Alexandria Sami Yli-Karjanmaa
     8. Plotinus on immortality and the problem of personal identity Lloyd P. Gerson
     9. Truth and immortality in Augustine's Soliloquies and De Immortalitate Animae, Sebastian Gertz.  

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    A. G. Long, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    A. G. Long is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Conversation and Self-Sufficiency in Plato (2013) and Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy (2019). He edited Plato and the Stoics (2013) and translated, with David Sedley, Plato's Meno and Phaedo for Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy (2010).


    A. G. Long, Simon Trépanier, Phillip Sidney Horky, Suzanne Obdrzalek, Catherine Rowett, James Warren, Sami Yli-Karjanmaa, Lloyd P. Gerson, Animae Sebastian Gertz

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