A Guide to Classical Knowledge
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Greek Thought by Jacques Brunschwig
Book DescriptionAncient Greek thought is the essential wellspring from which the intellectual, ethical and political civilization of the West draws and to which, even today, we repeatedly return. In more than 60 essays by an international team of scholars, this volume explores the full breadth and reach of Greek thought -investigating what the Greeks knew as well as what they thought about what they knew, and what they believed, invented and understood about the conditions and possibilities of knowing. Calling attention to the characteristic reflexivity of Greek thought, the analysis in this book reminds us of what our own reflections owe to theirs. In sections devoted to philosophy, politics, the pursuit of knowledge, major thinkers and schools of thought, this work shows us the Greeks looking at themselves, establishing the terms of understanding life, language, production and action. The authors evoke not history, but the stories the Greeks told themselves about history; not their poetry, but their poetics; not their speeches, but their rhetoric. Essays that survey political, scientific and philosophical ideas, such as those on Utopia and the Critique of Politics, Observation and Research, and Ethics; others on specific fields from Astronomy and History to Mathematics and Medicine; new perspectives on major figures, from Anaxogorus to Zeno of Elea; studies of core traditions from the Milesians to the various versions of Platonism: together these offer a sense of the unquenchable thirst for knowledge that marked Greek civilization - and that Aristotle considered a natural and universal trait of humankind. With 32 pages of colour illusrations, this work conveys the splendour and vitality of the Greek intellectual adventure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674002616
(254mm x 171mm x 61mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jacques Brunschwig
Papers in Hellenistic Philosophy, Paperback (January 2007)
This collection makes available in English twelve papers by the distinguished French scholar Professor Jacques Brunschwig.
Passions and Perceptions, Paperback (December 2006)
This volume considers the important contributions to philosophy made by the philosophers of the Hellenistic schools.
Guide to Greek Thought, Paperback (November 2003)
This volume, drawn from the reference work "Greek Thought: A Guide to Classical Knowledge", gives fresh insight into the originality of major figures and the legacy of important currents of thought.
Greek Pursuit of Knowledge, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Jacques Brunschwig
In this volume drawn from the reference work "Greek Thought: A Guide to Classical Knowledge", scholars take up basic topics in philosophy and science, offering an account of the extraordinary explosion of desire for knowledge in the classical Greek world.
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Author Biography - Jacques Brunschwig
Jacques Brunschwig is Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy, Emeritus, at the University of Paris. He is the author of Papers in Hellenistic Philosophy (Cambridge University Press). Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd succeeded Moses Finley as Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous works on the classical period, among them Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle; Greek Science after Aristotle; and Magic, Reason, and Experience: Studies in the Origin and Development of Greek Science. Julia Annas is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History at Clare College, Cambridge. Christian Jacob is a faculty member of Anthropologie et histoire des mondes antiques at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
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