Skip to content
You are not logged in |Login  
Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Roochnik, David.

Title Retrieving the ancients : an introduction to Greek philosophy / David Roochnik.

Imprint Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  180 R776R    Check Shelf
Description vii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 230-234) and index.
Contents Chapter 1: The Presocratics: I. Preliminaries -- II. Before the Beginning: Hesiod -- III. The Ionian Philosophers of the Sixth Century -- A. The Beginning: Thales of Miletus -- B. The First Debate: Anaximander v. Anaximenes -- C. Sixth Century Rationalism: Xenophanes and Pythagoras -- D. The Crisis of Sixth Century Philosophy -- IV. Heraclitus and Parmenides: Extreme Solutions -- A. Heraclitus: Lover of Flux -- B. Parmenides: Champion of Being -- V. Fifth Century Elementalism -- A. Democritus: Atomic Theory -- B. Empedocles: Evolution -- C. Anaxagoras -- Chapter 2: The Sophists and Socrates: I.A New Beginning: The Sophists -- II. Protagoras -- III. Gorgias -- IV. Socrates -- Chapter 3: Plato: I. Preliminaries -- II. Plato's Critique of the Presocratics -- III. Plato's Critique of the Sophists -- A. The "Self-Reference" Argument -- B. The Reductio ad Absurdum -- C. "What is it?" -- D. "The Old Quarrel:" Philosophy v. Sophistry -- IV. Recollection -- A. The Phaedo -- B. The Meno -- V. The Divided Line and the Form of the Good -- A. The Divided Line -- B. The Form of the Good -- VI. Eros -- VII. The Political Implications of the Forms -- Chapter 4: Aristotle: I. Preliminaries -- II. Aristotle's Conception of Nature -- A. "By Nature" -- B. Form and Matter -- C. The Four Causes -- III. Aristotle's Psychology -- IV. Teleological Ethics -- A. Moral Virtue -- B. Intellectual Virtue -- V. Natural Politics -- A. The Political Animal -- B. Best Life; Best City.
Summary "Retrieving the Ancients tells the story of the first philosophers in the West. Beginning with Thales, who correctly predicted an eclipse in 585 BC, and culminating in a discussion of the works of Aristotle, who died in 322 BC, Roochnik's work provides a clear and engaging introduction to one of the most fertile periods in the history of human thought." "The author approaches the history of Greek philosophy as an unfolding conversation, with the key thinkers engaged with and responding to their predecessors. Roochnik demonstrates the abiding relevance of this conversation to the modern reader. In retrieving the ancients, he argues, we help to illuminate ourselves."--Jacket.
Subject Philosophy, Ancient.
Philosophie ancienne.
Philosophy, Ancient. (OCoLC)fst01060860
Philosophie (DE-588)4045791-6
Greece Altertum (DE-588)4093976-5
Griekse oudheid.
Genre/Form Einf├╝hrung.
ISBN 1405108614
1405108622 (pbk.)
9781405108621 (pbk.)
Standard No. 9781405108621
Add a Review