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Thematic approach but assumes too much of the reader
on 19 March 2017
The approach taken in the VSI series varies considerably from volume to volume; some offer a solid overview of the subject, others try to take a more thematic approach and some are idiosyncratic to say the least. This book falls into the second category and rather than attempt a chronological account or treat each school separately the author looks at how certain key topics were addressed by various strands of thought and in the process covers a number of questions concerning the relevance of ancient philosophy to contemporary concerns. To an extent this works well but I felt that she assumed a little too much of her readers who are not philosophically trained and that in consequence at times the sense was rather obscure and not that enthralling.