Strategies of Argument Essays in Ancient Ethics, Epistemology, and Logic

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  • Copyright: 2014-03-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This volume features fifteen new papers by an international group of scholars in ancient philosophy, with a particular focus on new work in ancient Greek and Roman ethics, epistemology, logic, and science. The papers are organized around five broad topics: Plato, Aristotle's ethics and practical reasoning, Aristotelian logic, Hellenistic ethics, and Hellenistic epistemology. Specific topics covered include the refutation of the hedonist in Plato's Philebus, the question of whether modern interpreters are right to read Plato's Timaeus as "proto-historical," Aristotle's argument concerning virtue, Aristotle's discussion of practical reasoning in the realm of ethics, Aristotle's logical theory, classification and division of goods in ancient ethical theories, and belief, appearances, and assent in Hellenistic epistemology.

Author Biography

Mi-Kyoung (Mitzi) Lee received her PhD from Harvard in 1996. She taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1996 until 2005, when she took up her current position at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has held visiting positions at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. Professor Lee works in the area of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. She is the author of Epistemology after Protagoras: Responses to Relativism in Plato, Aristotle, and Democritus (OUP, 2005), as well as numerous articles in ancient philosophy.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

1. The life of Protarchus' choosing: Plato Philebus 20b-22c
Verity Harte

2. Fools' pleasures in Plato's Philebus
Jennifer Whiting

3. Did Plato's cosmos literally begin?
Sarah Broadie

Aristotle's ethics and practical reasoning
4. A swarm of virtues: on the unity and completeness of Aristotle's scheme of character-virtues
Dorothea Frede

5. Justice and the laws in Aristotle's ethics
Mi-Kyoung Lee

6. Aristotle on how to fell a tree and other matters involving experience
Dana Miller

Aristotelian logic
7. Deduction in Sophistici Elenchi 6
Marko Malink

8. Boethus and finished syllogisms
Jonathan Barnes

9. Alexander of Aphrodisias on Aristotle's theory of the Stoic indemonstrables
Susanne Bobzien

Hellenistic ethics
10. Why there are ends of both goods and evils in ancient ethical theory
James Allen

11. Ancient goods: the tria genera bonorum in ethical theory
Brad Inwood

12. The Philosophical Ambitions of Seneca's Letters
John Schafer

Hellenistic epistemology
13. The epistemology of Ptolemy's On the criterion
Mark Schiefsky

14. Compulsions of Stoic assent
Charles Brittain

15. Sextus Empiricus on Persuasiveness and Equipollence
Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson

Bibliography for Gisela Striker
Subject Index
Index of Names
Index Locorum

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