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Ancient Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary (Blackwell Readings in the History of Philosophy) Paperback – 29 Feb 2008


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The progression of philosophy in ancient Greece spans an extensive and complex period in history. Between 600 BCE and 600 CE the foundations of philosophy as we know it were laid, establishing the central areas of philosophical concern, and creating an agenda for future study and debate. This thorough introduction to ancient philosophy: Focuses on the key philosophers and their texts, from Pre–Socratic thinkers through to the Neo–Platonists Brings together the key primary writings of Thales, Xenophanes, Parmenides, Anaxagoras, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Lucretius, Seneca, Sextus Empiricus, Plotinus, and many others Is broken down into eight chronological sections for easy comprehension and comparison The readings are accompanied by expert commentary from the editors.

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Nicholas Smith is James F. Miller Professor of Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College. He has been involved in the writing of several distinguished essays and over fifteen books, including Plato′s Socrates with T. C. Brickhouse, which won the Outstanding Academic Book for 1995 award from Choice. Fritz Allhoff is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. Anand Jayprakash Vaidya is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at San José State University.

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