Explorations in ancient and modern philosophy /

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Author / Creator:Burnyeat, Myles, author.
Imprint:Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Description:2 volumes ; 24 cm
Subject:Philosophy, Ancient.
Philosophy, Modern.
Philosophy, Ancient.
Philosophy, Modern.
Philosophy, Ancient.
Philosophy, Modern.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10162038
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ISBN:9781107400061 (2 vol. set)
1107400066 (2 vol. set)
9780521750721 (v. 1)
0521750725 (v. 1)
9780521750738 (v. 2)
0521750733 (v. 2)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:Vols. 1-2. "M.F. Burnyeat taught for 14 years in the Philosophy Department of University College London, then for 18 years in the Classics Faculty at Cambridge, 12 of them as the Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, before migrating to Oxford in 1996 to become a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at All Souls College. The studies, articles and reviews collected in these two volumes of Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy were all written, and all but two published, before that decisive change. Whether designed for a scholarly audience or for a wider public, they range from the Presocratics to Augustine, from Descartes and Bishop Berkeley to Wittgenstein and G.E. Moore. Their subject-matter falls under four main headings: Part I on Logic and Dialectic, Part II on Scepticism Ancient and Modern, Part III on Knowledge, Part IV on Philosophy and the Good Life. The title 'Explorations' well expresses Burnyeat's ability to discover new aspects of familiar texts, new ways of solving old problems. In his hands the history of philosophy becomes itself a philosophical activity."--Publisher's description.
Table of Contents:
  • Volume 1. Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Logic and Dialectic
  • 1. Protagoras and self-refutation in later Greek philosophy
  • 2. Protagoras and self-refutation in Plato's Theaetetus
  • 3. The upside-down back-to-front sceptic of Lucretius IV.472
  • 4. Antipater and self-refutation: elusive arguments in Cicero's Academica
  • 5. Gods and heaps
  • 6. The origins of non-deductive inference
  • 7. Enthymeme: Aristotle on the logic of persuasion
  • Part II. Scepticism Ancient and Modern
  • 8. Can the sceptic live his scepticism?
  • 9. Tranquillity without a stop: Timon, frag. 68
  • 10. Idealism and Greek philosophy: what Descartes saw and Berkeley missed
  • 11. Conflicting appearances
  • 12. The sceptic in his place and time
  • 13. Dissoi logoi
  • Bibliography
  • Part I. Knowledge
  • 1. Examples in epistemology: Socrates, Theaetetus and G. E. Moore
  • 2. Socratic midwifery, Platonic inspiration
  • 3. The philosophical sense of Theaetetus' mathematics
  • 4. Plato on the grammar of perceiving
  • 5. Socrates and the jury: paradoxes in Plato's distinction between knowledge and true belief
  • 6. Aristotle on understanding knowledge
  • 7. Platonism and mathematics: a prelude to discussion
  • 8. Wittgenstein and Augustine, De magistro
  • Part II. Philosophy and the Good Life
  • 9. Message from Heraclitus
  • 10. Virtues in action
  • 11. The impiety of Socrates
  • 12. The passion of reason in Plato's Phaedrus
  • 13. Aristotle on learning to be good
  • 14. Did the ancient Greeks have the concept of human rights?
  • 15. Sphinx without a secret
  • 16. First words
  • Bibliography