Author(s): Julia Annas
The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which a constant note is that of discussion and argument. This book aims to introduce readers to some ancient debates and to get them to engage with the ancient developments of some themes. Getting away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of Great Thinkers, the book aims to give readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy, and of its wide variety of themes and styles.
INTRODUCTION; 1 HUMANS AND BEASTS: UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES; 2 WHY DO WE READ PLATOS REPUBLIC?; 3 THE HAPPY LIFE, ANCIENT AND MODERN; 4 REASON, KNOWLEDGE AND SCEPTICISM; 5 LOGIC AND REALITY; 6 WHEN DID IT ALL BEGIN? (AND WHAT IS IT ANYWAY?); FURTHER READING; NOTES; INDEX