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Aristotle: Metaphysics Book Iota by Laura M. (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy) Castelli Aristotle: Metaphysics Book Iota

Laura Castelli presents a new translation of the tenth book (Iota) of Aristotle's Metaphysics, together with a comprehensive commentary. Castelli's commentary helps readers to understand Aristotle's most systematic account of what it is for something to be one, what it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/11/2017

Aristotle: Metaphysics Book Iota by Laura M. (Munich School of Ancient Philosophy) Castelli Aristotle: Metaphysics Book Iota

Laura Castelli presents a new translation of the tenth book (Iota) of Aristotle's Metaphysics, together with a comprehensive commentary. Castelli's commentary helps readers to understand Aristotle's most systematic account of what it is for something to be one, what it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/11/2017

The Essence of Socrates by Hunter Lewis The Essence of Socrates

Socrates is important to us for many reasons. First, he recognized the value of logic and showed us how to use it to discover truth. Second, he led an exemplary and courageous life which cannot fail to inspire anyone who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

Letters on Ethics To Lucilius by Lucius Annaeus Seneca Letters on Ethics To Lucilius

The Roman statesman and philosopher Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE) recorded his moral philosophy and reflections on life as a highly original kind of correspondence. Letters on Ethics includes vivid descriptions of town and country life in Nero's Italy, discussions of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2017

Plato: Laws 1 and 2 by Susan Sauve (University of Pennsylvania) Meyer Plato: Laws 1 and 2

Susan Sauve Meyer presents a new translation of Laws, 1 and 2: the opening books of Plato's last work, which discuss legislative theory, moral psychology, and aesthetics. This fluent, readable, and authoritative translation is accompanied by a critical commentary which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Aristotle on Religion by Mor (University of South Florida) Segev Aristotle on Religion

Provides a comprehensive account of the socio-political role Aristotle attributes to traditional religion, despite rejecting its content.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoreanism in the First Century BC New Directions for Philosophy by Malcolm (University of Cambridge) Schofield Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoreanism in the First Century BC New Directions for Philosophy

Presents an up-to-date overview of the new directions taken by ancient philosophy in the first century BC.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

Plato and the Stoics by A. G. (University of St Andrews, Scotland) Long Plato and the Stoics
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Seven essays provide new and detailed explorations of the complex relationship between Plato and the Greek and Roman Stoic traditions.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

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Teacher Quality, Professional Learning and Policy Recognising, Rewarding and Developing Teacher Expertise by M. McMahon, C. Forde Teacher Quality, Professional Learning and Policy Recognising, Rewarding and Developing Teacher Expertise
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/11/2017

Rereading Ancient Philosophy Old Chestnuts and Sacred Cows by Verity (Yale University, Connecticut) Harte Rereading Ancient Philosophy Old Chestnuts and Sacred Cows
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Revisits central texts and themes in ancient philosophy in order to throw fresh light on some familiar passages and debates.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Aristotle's Generation of Animals A Critical Guide by Andrea (Concordia University, Montreal) Falcon Aristotle's Generation of Animals A Critical Guide
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Historically and philosophically informed introduction to the embryological, zoological, and medical views presented in this sophisticated and challenging text.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Aristotle's Physics Book I A Systematic Exploration by Diana (Sapienza Universit... di Roma) Quarantotto Aristotle's Physics Book I A Systematic Exploration

Comprehensive and in-depth study of this important text, the first book of Aristotle's foundational treatise on natural philosophy.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Platonist Philosophy 80 BC to AD 250 An Introduction and Collection of Sources in Translation by George (Professor, Durham University) Boys-Stones Platonist Philosophy 80 BC to AD 250 An Introduction and Collection of Sources in Translation
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The first comprehensive guide in English to 'Middle' Platonism, based on a wealth of source-texts in English translation.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Ancient Rhetoric From Aristotle to Philostratus by Thomas N. Habinek Ancient Rhetoric From Aristotle to Philostratus

A new and original anthology that introduces the key writings on rhetoric in the classical world, from Aristotle to Cicero and beyond.Classical rhetoric is one of the earliest versions of what is today known as media studies. It was absolutely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017

From Plato to Platonism by Lloyd P. Gerson From Plato to Platonism


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2017

The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle's Metaphysics by Vasilis Politis The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle's Metaphysics

Aristotle is one of the most important figures in western thought and his seminal work Metaphysics is a benchmark in the history of philosophy. This guidebook introduces and assesses: * Aristotle's life and the background to the Metaphysics * The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/12/2017

The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle's Metaphysics by Vasilis Politis The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle's Metaphysics

Aristotle is one of the most important figures in western thought and his seminal work Metaphysics is a benchmark in the history of philosophy. This guidebook introduces and assesses: * Aristotle's life and the background to the Metaphysics * The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/12/2017

The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy by George Karamanolis The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy

The first comprehensive study of the function and value of aporia, or puzzlement, as a key tool in ancient philosophical enquiry.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2017

The Concept of Presocratic Philosophy Its Origin, Development, and Significance by Andre Laks The Concept of Presocratic Philosophy Its Origin, Development, and Significance

When we talk about Presocratic philosophy, we are speaking about the origins of Greek philosophy and Western rationality itself. But what exactly does it mean to talk about Presocratic philosophy in the first place? How did early Greek thinkers come...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2018

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The Teleology of Action in Plato's Republic by Andrew (St Joseph's University, Philadelphia) Payne The Teleology of Action in Plato's Republic
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This book explores a variety of teleology present in Plato's Republic, in which actions are carried out for the sake of an end that is not the intended goal. Payne draws on examples from Republic to demonstrate that performing some...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Olympiodorus: On Plato First Alcibiades 10-28 by Michael (University of British Columbia, Canada) Griffin Olympiodorus: On Plato First Alcibiades 10-28
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Olympiodorus (AD c. 500-570), possibly the last non-Christian teacher of philosophy in Alexandria, delivered 28 lectures as an introduction to Plato. This volume translates lectures 10-28, following from the first nine lectures and a biography of the philosopher published in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Mortal and Divine in Early Greek Epistemology A Study of Hesiod, Xenophanes and Parmenides by Shaul (King's College London) Tor Mortal and Divine in Early Greek Epistemology A Study of Hesiod, Xenophanes and Parmenides

This book rethinks the relations between reasoning and revelation and, therefore, the nature of philosophy and religion in archaic Greece.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond by Julia (University of Arizona) Annas Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond

Julia Annas explores how Plato's account of the relation of virtue to law developed, and how his ideas were taken up by Cicero and by Philo of Alexandria. She shows that, rather than rejecting the account given in his Republic,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

Teleology in the Ancient World Philosophical and Medical Approaches by Julius Rocca Teleology in the Ancient World Philosophical and Medical Approaches

This collection provides a comprehensive examination of ancient teleological arguments from philosophical and medical perspectives.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

Whose Aristotle? Whose Aristotelianism? by Professor R. W. Sharples Whose Aristotle? Whose Aristotelianism?

This title was first published in 2001. A collection of the papers and some of the formal responses from a colloquium on the ancient philosopher Aristotle, with one additional paper. The contributors explore Aristotle and how he is perceived and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2017

Cosmology and Politics in Plato's Later Works by Dominic J. (Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland) O'Meara Cosmology and Politics in Plato's Later Works
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This book relates Plato's cosmology to his political philosophy by means of new interpretations of his Timaeus, Statesman, and Laws.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists by James (University of Cambridge) Warren The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists

How did ancient philosophers understand the relationship between human capacities for thinking and our experiences of pleasure and pain?
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Poverty of Eros in Plato's Symposium by Lorelle D. (St. Mary's University, USA) Lamascus The Poverty of Eros in Plato's Symposium
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The Poverty of Eros in Plato's Symposium offers an innovative new approach towards Eros and the concept of Eros in the Symposium. Lorelle D. Lamascus argues that Plato's depiction of Eros as the child of Poverty (penia) and Resource (poros)...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Queenly Philosophers Renaissance Women Aristocrats as Platonic Guardians by Jane Duran Queenly Philosophers Renaissance Women Aristocrats as Platonic Guardians

Much recent work has been done on Plato's notion of the female Guardian, but examples are limited. Jane Duran argues that aristocratic women of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are indeed exemplary and embody the concept of Guardianship.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/09/2017

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (Wisehouse Classics Edition) by Marcus Aurelius The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (Wisehouse Classics Edition)


Format: Hardback - Released: 20/09/2017

A Brief History of Atlantis Plato's Ideal State by Dr. Stephen P. Kershaw A Brief History of Atlantis Plato's Ideal State

A new translation of two of Plato's dialogues, Timaios and Kritias, with commentary and critical discussion including an exploration of how the tale of Atlantis has been interpreted throughout history.
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/09/2017

Aristotle on Practical Truth by Christiana (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University) Olfert Aristotle on Practical Truth
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In Aristotle on Practical Truth, C.M.M. Olfert gives the first book-length treatment of Aristotle's notion of practical truth. The book covers the origins of practical truth in Plato's philosophy; practical truth's role in practical reasoning; its contributions to motivation and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

Anaximander A Re-assessment by Andrew (University College London, UK) Gregory Anaximander A Re-assessment
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Anaximander, the sixth-century BCE philosopher of Miletus, is often credited as being the instigator of both science and philosophy. The first recorded philosopher to posit the idea of the boundless cosmos, he was also the first to attempt to explain...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Diogenes of Oinoanda/Diogene d'Oenoanda Epicureanism and Philosophical Debates/Epicurisme et controverses by Jurgen Hammerstaedt Diogenes of Oinoanda/Diogene d'Oenoanda Epicureanism and Philosophical Debates/Epicurisme et controverses


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

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