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Hellenistic Philosophy (Second Edition)

Introductory Readings

Edited and Translated by Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson

1998 - 438 pp.

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Cloth 978-0-87220-379-2
$50.00
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$18.00
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This new edition of Hellenistic Philosophy—including nearly 100 pages of additional material—offers the first English translation of the account of Stoic ethics by Arius Didymus, substantial new sources on Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism, expanded representation of Plutarch and Cicero, and a fuller presentation of papyrological evidence. Inwood and Gerson maintain the standard of consistency and accuracy that distinguished their translations in the first edition, while regrouping some material into larger, more thematically connected passages. This edition is further enhanced by a new, more spacious page design.

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This new edition of Hellenistic Philosophy—including nearly 100 pages of additional material—offers the first English translation of the account of Stoic ethics by Arius Didymus, substantial new sources on Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism, expanded representation of Plutarch and Cicero, and a fuller presentation of papyrological evidence. Inwood and Gerson maintain the standard of consistency and accuracy that distinguished their translations in the first edition, while regrouping some material into larger, more thematically connected passages. This edition is further enhanced by a new, more spacious page design.

 

Reviews:

“The selections are well chosen, the translation accurate and very readable, and the glossary and indices quite helpful. . . . it is to be recommended for it is the best available.”
     —Peter Preuss, Canadian Philosophical Review

 “Inwood/Gerson furnish a collection ideal for the classroom.”
     —Steven J. Willett, Syllecta Classica

 

Contents:

  • Preface. Introduction. Abbreviations.
  • I. Epicureanism. The ancient biography of Epicurus. The extant letters. Ancient collections of maxims. Doxigraphical reports. The testimony of Cicero. The testimony of Lucretius. The polemic of Plutarch. Short fragments and testimonia from known works. Short fragments and testimonia from uncertain works. Logic and epistemology. Physics and theology. Ethics.
  • II. Stoicism. Philosophy. Logic and Theory of Knowledge. Physics. On Fate. Ethics.
  • III. Scepticism. Academic Scepticism: Arcesilaus and Carneades. Pyrrhonian Scepticism; Pyrrho; Aenesidemus. Later Pyrrhonism: Sextus Empiricus; General Principles; The Modes; Logic; Physics; Ethics.
  • Glossary. Philosophers and Philosophical Sources. Indexes.

 

About the Authors:

Brad Inwood is Professor of Philosophy and Classics, University of Toronto.

Lloyd P. Gerson is Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto.