By Peter Adamson
Classical Philosophy is the 1st of a sequence of books within which Peter Adamson goals eventually to give an entire historical past of philosophy, extra completely but in addition extra enjoyably than ever sooner than. briefly, vigorous chapters, in response to the preferred History of Philosophy podcast, he deals an obtainable, funny, and particular examine the emergence of philosophy with the Presocratics, the probing questions of Socrates, and the 1st complete flowering of philosophy with the dialogues of Plato and the treatises of Aristotle. the tale is instructed "without any gaps," discussing not just such significant figures but in addition much less often mentioned themes just like the Hippocratic Corpus, the Platonic Academy, and the function of girls in historical philosophy. in the considered Plato and Aristotle, the reader will locate in-depth introductions to significant works, akin to the Republic and the Nicomachean Ethics, that are handled intimately that's strange in an creation to old philosophy. Adamson seems to be at attention-grabbing yet much less usually learn Platonic dialogues just like the Charmides and Cratylus, and Aristotle's rules in zoology and poetics. This complete assurance permits him to take on historic discussions in all components of philosophy, together with epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of technology, ethics and politics. cognizance can be given to the historic and literary context of classical philosophy, with exploration of ways early Greek cosmology replied to the poets Homer and Hesiod, how Socrates used to be provided through the comedian playwright Aristophanes and the historian Xenophon, and the way occasions in Greek background could have prompted Plato's suggestion. it is a new form of historical past on the way to convey philosophy to lifestyles for all readers, together with these coming to the topic for the 1st time.
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Additional resources for A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, Volume 1: Classical Philosophy
Last Judgments—Plato, Poetry, and Myth Part III. Aristotle 29. Mr Know It All—Aristotle’s Life and Works 30. The Philosopher’s Toolkit—Aristotle’s Logical Works 31. A Principled Stand—Aristotle’s Epistemology 32. Down to Earth—Aristotle on Substance 33. Form and Function—Aristotle’s Four Causes 34. Let’s Get Physical—Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy 35. Soul Power—Aristotle’s On the Soul 36. Classified Information—Aristotle’s Biology 37. The Goldilocks Theory—Aristotle’s Ethics 38. The Second Self—Aristotle on Pleasure and Friendship 39.
Remember that Thales too said that magnets have a soul, possibly because he wanted to argue that the whole physical cosmos is permeated by soul just like we are. So during the early generations of Pre-Socratic philosophy, this parallel between man and the cosmos seems to have been, if you’ll pardon another pun, in the air. Both Anaximander’s infinite and Anaximenes’ air are characterized as divine (§§108, 144). Anaximander also says that the infinite, as he puts it, “steers” everything. It’s not quite clear how it could do so.
Old Man River—Heraclitus 6. The Road Less Traveled—Parmenides 7. You Can’t Get There from Here—The Eleatics 8. The Final Cut—The Atomists 9. Mind Over Mixture—Anaxagoras 10. All You Need Is Love, and Five Other Things—Empedocles 11. Good Humor Men—The Hippocratic Corpus 12. Making the Weaker Argument the Stronger—The Sophists Part II. Socrates and Plato 13. Socrates Without Plato—The Portrayals of Aristophanes and Xenophon 14. Method Man—Plato’s Socrates 15. In Dialogue—The Life and Writings of Plato 16.
A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, Volume 1: Classical Philosophy by Peter Adamson