Early Greek Ethics

Early Greek Ethics

In addition to chapters on these individuals and texts, the volume explores select fields and topics especially influential to ethical philosophical thought in the formative period and later, such as early Greek medicine, music, friendship, ...

Author: David Conan Wolfsdorf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191076411

Category: Philosophy

Page: 751

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Early Greek Ethics is devoted to Greek philosophical ethics in its formative period, from the last decades of the sixth century BCE to the beginning of the fourth century BCE. It begins with the inception of Greek philosophical ethics and ends immediately before the composition of Plato's and Aristotle's mature ethical works Republic and Nicomachean Ethics. The ancient contributors include Presocratics such as Heraclitus, Democritus, and figures of the early Pythagorean tradition such as Empedocles and Archytas of Tarentum, who have previously been studied principally for their metaphysical, cosmological, and natural philosophical ideas. Socrates and his lesser known associates such as Antisthenes of Athens and Aristippus of Cyrene also feature, as well as sophists such as Gorgias of Leontini, Antiphon of Athens, and Prodicus of Ceos, and anonymous texts such as the Pythagorean Acusmata, Dissoi Logoi, Anonymus Iamblichi, and On Law and Justice. In addition to chapters on these individuals and texts, the volume explores select fields and topics especially influential to ethical philosophical thought in the formative period and later, such as early Greek medicine, music, friendship, justice and the afterlife, and early Greek ethnography. Consisting of thirty chapters composed by an international team of leading philosophers and classicists, Early Greek Ethics is the first volume in any language devoted to philosophical ethics in the formative period.
Categories: Philosophy

Pleasure in Ancient Greek Philosophy

Pleasure in Ancient Greek Philosophy

An examination of ancient Greek philosophical conceptions of pleasure, which is the first book to compare them to contemporary conceptions.

Author: David Wolfsdorf

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521761307

Category: History

Page: 299

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The Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy series provides concise books, written by major scholars and accessible to non-specialists, on important themes in ancient philosophy that remain of philosophical interest today. In this volume Professor Wolfsdorf undertakes the first exploration of ancient Greek philosophical conceptions of pleasure in relation to contemporary conceptions. He provides broad coverage of the ancient material, from pre-Platonic to Old Stoic treatments; and, in the contemporary period, from World War II to the present. Examination of the nature of pleasure in ancient philosophy largely occurred within ethical contexts but in the contemporary period has, to a greater extent, been pursued within philosophy of mind and psychology. This divergence reflects the dominant philosophical preoccupations of the times. But Professor Wolfsdorf argues that the various treatments are complementary. Indeed, the Greeks' examinations of pleasure were incisive and their debates vigorous, and their results have enduring value for contemporary discussion.
Categories: History

Early Greek Philosophy

Early Greek Philosophy

Ethics of Herakleitos . fiery element is perceived primarily by the sense of smell ,
and therefore that is retained even by what we should call “ disembodied souls . ”
Similarly , if per impossibile all things were to revert to the unity of fire , the ...

Author: John Burnet

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X030158038

Category: Philosophy, Ancient

Page: 378

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Categories: Philosophy, Ancient

Introduction to Presocratics

Introduction to Presocratics

Introduction to Presocratics presents a succinct introduction to Greek thinkers of the 6th and 5th century BCE and a thematic exploration of the topics and enquiries opened by these first philosophers and scientists of the Western tradition ...

Author: Giannis Stamatellos

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470655030

Category: History

Page: 162

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Introduction to Presocratics presents a succinct introduction to Greek thinkers of the 6th and 5th century BCE and a thematic exploration of the topics and enquiries opened by these first philosophers and scientists of the Western tradition. Offers a concise, thematically organized introduction to the Presocratics Includes a previously unpublished translation of the main fragments of the Presocratics by Classics scholar Rosemary Wright Covers key figures including Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes of Miletus, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Parmenides and Zeno of Elea, Empedocles, Anaxagoras and Democritus Supplemented with helpful features including a timeline, map of the ancient world, glossary of terms, and index of proper names
Categories: History

Ethics in Ancient Greek Literature

Ethics in Ancient Greek Literature

A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics, Cambridge. Cairns, D.L. (1993), Aidôs.
The Psychology and Ethics of Honour and Shame in Ancient Greece, Oxford.
Cairns, D.L. (2005), 'Values', in: J. Gregory (ed.), A Companion to Greek Tragedy,
 ...

Author: Maria Liatsi

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110699616

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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Interpretation of ancient Greek literature is often enough distorted by the preconceptions of modern times, especially on ancient morality. This is often equivalent to begging the question. If we think e.g. of aretê, which has different meanings in different contexts, we shall think in English (or in Modern Greek or in French or in German) and shall falsify the phenomena. If we are to understand the Greek concept e.g. of aretê we must study the nature of the situations in which it is applied. For it is an important fact in the study of Greek society that the Greeks used the one word (e.g. aretê) where we use different words. If we are to understand properly the texts, we have to view them in their historical and social context. Ancient Greek thought needs to be studied together with politics, ethics, and economic behaviour. Moreover, the best insights can be found in those who confine themselves to the terms of each ancient author's analysis. From this principle each of the contributions of the volume begins.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Making of Fornication

The Making of Fornication

This provocative work provides a radical reassessment of the emergence and nature of Christian sexual morality, the dominant moral paradigm in Western society since late antiquity.

Author: Kathy L. Gaca

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520296176

Category: Religion

Page: 376

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This provocative work provides a radical reassessment of the emergence and nature of Christian sexual morality, the dominant moral paradigm in Western society since late antiquity. While many scholars, including Michel Foucault, have found the basis of early Christian sexual restrictions in Greek ethics and political philosophy, Kathy L. Gaca demonstrates on compelling new grounds that it is misguided to regard Greek ethics and political theory—with their proposed reforms of eroticism, the family, and civic order—as the foundation of Christian sexual austerity. Rather, in this thoroughly informed and wide-ranging study, Gaca shows that early Christian goals to eradicate fornication were derived from the sexual rules and poetic norms of the Septuagint, or Greek Bible, and that early Christian writers adapted these rules and norms in ways that reveal fascinating insights into the distinctive and largely non-philosophical character of Christian sexual morality. Writing with an authoritative command of both Greek philosophy and early Christian writings, Gaca investigates Plato, the Stoics, the Pythagoreans, Philo of Alexandria, the apostle Paul, and the patristic Christians Clement of Alexandria, Tatian, and Epiphanes, freshly elucidating their ideas on sexual reform with precision, depth, and originality. Early Christian writers, she demonstrates, transformed all that they borrowed from Greek ethics and political philosophy to launch innovative programs against fornication that were inimical to Greek cultural mores, popular and philosophical alike. The Septuagint's mandate to worship the Lord alone among all gods led to a Christian program to revolutionize Gentile sexual practices, only for early Christians to find this virtually impossible to carry out without going to extremes of sexual renunciation. Knowledgeable and wide-ranging, this work of intellectual history and ethics cogently demonstrates why early Christian sexual restrictions took such repressive ascetic forms, and casts sobering light on what Christian sexual morality has meant for religious pluralism in Western culture, especially among women as its bearers.
Categories: Religion

Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists

Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists

Including the works of more than thirty authors, this edition of early Greek writings on social and political issues includes the origin of human society and law; the nature of justice and good government; the distribution of power among ...

Author: Professor Emeritus of Classics Michael Gagarin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521437687

Category: History

Page: 324

View: 208

Including the works of more than thirty authors, this edition of early Greek writings on social and political issues includes the origin of human society and law; the nature of justice and good government; the distribution of power among genders and social classes.
Categories: History

Harvard Studies in Classical Philology

Harvard Studies in Classical Philology

Ethical science is no less subject to diversity in views than any other branch of
Philosophy ; quite as great differences are to be seen in ... Early Greek Ethics
was based on tradition and law ; these furnished the standards of right and wrong
.

Author: Harvard University

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044098627912

Category: Classical philology

Page:

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Categories: Classical philology

Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece

Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece

The aristocratic warrior-ethos canonized in the Homeric epics; the civic ideology of equality and justice espoused by reformist lawgivers and poets; the democratization of status honor and martial virtue that attended the shift to hoplite ...

Author: Joseph M. Bryant

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791430413

Category: Philosophy

Page: 575

View: 708

An exercise in cultural sociology, Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece seeks to explicate the dynamic currents of classical Hellenic ethics and social philosophy by situating those idea-complexes in their socio-historical and intellectual contexts. Central to this enterprise is a comprehensive historical-sociological analysis of the Polis form of social organization, which charts the evolution of its basic institutions, roles, statuses, and class relations. From the Dark Age period of "genesis" on to the Hellenistic era of "eclipse" by the emergent forces of imperial patrimonialism, Polis society promoted and sustained corresponding normative codes which mobilized and channeled the requisite emotive commitments and cognitive judgments for functional proficiency under existing conditions of life. The aristocratic warrior-ethos canonized in the Homeric epics; the civic ideology of equality and justice espoused by reformist lawgivers and poets; the democratization of status honor and martial virtue that attended the shift to hoplite warfare; the philosophical exaltation of the Polis-citizen bond as found in the architectonic visions of Plato and Aristotle; and the subsequent retreat from civic virtues and the interiorization of value articulated by the Skeptics, Epicureans, and Stoics, new age philosophies in a world remade by Alexander's conquests--these are the key phases in the evolving currents of Hellenic moral discourse, as structurally framed by transformations within the institutional matrix of Polis society.
Categories: Philosophy

A Problem in Greek Ethics

A Problem in Greek Ethics

[92] Secondly, soon after the heroic age, two forms of paiderastia appeared in
Greece—the one chivalrous and martial, ... masculine affection of a permanent
and enthusiastic temper, without further ethical qualification, in early Greek
history ...

Author: John Addington Symonds

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752425406

Category: Fiction

Page: 64

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Reproduction of the original: A Problem in Greek Ethics by John Addington Symonds
Categories: Fiction

Happiness and Greek Ethical Thought

Happiness and Greek Ethical Thought

ethical works and schools of thought as they pertain to happiness today. This
book comprises ... Overall, I believe the early Greek concept of the good life is in
important respects much richer and more fulsome than our own. There is plenty
we ...

Author: Mark Holowchak

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826474721

Category: Philosophy

Page: 247

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Presents a fresh exploration of happiness through the ideas of the ancient Greek philosophers.
Categories: Philosophy

On the Notion of Virtue in the Dialogues of Plato

On the Notion of Virtue in the Dialogues of Plato

Early Greek Ethics was based on tradition and law ; these furnished the
standards of right and wrong . The Sophists , in their examinations into the
character of the then existing institutions , were not satisfied with this groundwork
of Ethics , and ...

Author: William Alexander Hammond

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015011023945

Category: Virtue

Page: 102

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Categories: Virtue

Early Greek Philosophy

Early Greek Philosophy

Volume IV of the four-volume Loeb edition of Early Greek Philosophy presents fifth-century reflections on language, rhetoric, ethics, and politics (the so-called sophists and Socrates) and concludes with an appendix on philosophy and ...

Author: André Laks

Publisher:

ISBN: 0674996925

Category: Greece

Page: 453

View: 698

Volume IV of the four-volume Loeb edition of Early Greek Philosophy presents fifth-century reflections on language, rhetoric, ethics, and politics (the so-called sophists and Socrates) and concludes with an appendix on philosophy and philosophers in tragedy and comedy, concordances, and indexes
Categories: Greece

The History of Greece from the Earliest Records to the Close of the Peloponnesian War Includ A Sketch of the Geography of Greece and Dissertations on Greek Mythology on the Heroic Age on the Early Painters and Sculptors

The History of Greece  from the Earliest Records to the Close of the Peloponnesian War  Includ  A Sketch of the Geography of Greece  and Dissertations on Greek Mythology  on the Heroic Age  on the Early Painters and Sculptors

Such , too , were Herodotus . the early materials of liberal education in Greece ,
till they were enlarged and improved by the recitation ... Early Greek philosophy
was divided into three parts : physics , i Lib , viii . ... Early Greek ethics , and logic .

Author: E. Pococke

Publisher:

ISBN: BSB:BSB10401015

Category:

Page: 536

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Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece

Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece

This book examines the progress of literacy in ancient Greece from its origins in the eighth century to the fourth century B.C.E., when the major cultural institutions of Athens became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy.

Author: Kevin Robb

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195363167

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 151

This book examines the progress of literacy in ancient Greece from its origins in the eighth century to the fourth century B.C.E., when the major cultural institutions of Athens became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy. By introducing new evidence and re-evaluating the older evidence, Robb demonstrates that early Greek literacy can be understood only in terms of the rich oral culture that immediately preceded it, one that was dominated by the oral performance of epical verse, or "Homer." Only gradually did literate practices supersede oral habits and the oral way of life, forging alliances which now seem both bizarre and fascinating, but which were eminently successful, contributing to the "miracle" of Greece. In this book new light is brought to early Greek ethics, the rise of written law, the emergence of philosophy, and the final dominance of the Athenian philosophical schools in higher education.
Categories: History

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy II

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy II

Papers presented to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy since its beginnings in the 1950's.

Author: John Peter Anton

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0873956230

Category: Philosophy

Page: 541

View: 807

Papers presented to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy since its beginnings in the 1950's.
Categories: Philosophy

Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy

Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy

Provides an accessible account of the variety and subtlety of Greek and Roman philosophy of death, from Homer to Marcus Aurelius.

Author: A. G. Long

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107086593

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 270

Provides an accessible account of the variety and subtlety of Greek and Roman philosophy of death, from Homer to Marcus Aurelius.
Categories: History

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics E I

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics  E I

I. EARLY GREEK THOUGHT A. Traditional Thought : Homer The first surviving
Greek text , Homer's Iliad ( ca. 8th century B.c. ) , exemplifies certain general
characteristics of Greek thought which also figure in subsequent ethical theory .

Author: Chadwick

Publisher:

ISBN: 0122270673

Category: Applied ethics

Page: 740

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Applied ethics, a subdiscipline of philosophy, lends itself to an encyclopedia format because of the many industries and intellectual fields that it encompasses. The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics is based on twelve major categories, such as Biomedical Ethics and Environmental Ethics. Religious traditions that embody normative beliefs, as well as classical theories of ethics, are explored in a non-judgmental manner. Each of the twelve categories is divided into discrete areas that are covered by 5,000-6,000 word articles. Each of the 281 articles begins with a definition of the subject and includes a table of contents, glossary of key terms, and bibliography. Second- and third- level headings, boxes, sidebars, and the like emphasize the reference-oriented nature of the material. The four volumes are arranged in an A-Z format, with a complete subject index at the end of the last volume. Articles are written by international experts, arranged alphabetically by title, not by subject, and cross-referenced so the reader can locate relevant information in other articles.
Categories: Applied ethics

Early Greek Mythography Texts

Early Greek Mythography  Texts

This volume collects together the scattered quotations of the Greek writers of the sixth to the fourth centuries BC who first recorded in prose the tales of Greek mythology (the "mythographers").

Author: Robert Louis Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198147406

Category: Philosophy

Page: 459

View: 521

This volume collects together the scattered quotations of the Greek writers of the sixth to the fourth centuries BC who first recorded in prose the tales of Greek mythology (the "mythographers"). Volume 1 is an edition of the texts; Volume 2, which provides the commentary, will follow in a couple of years' time.
Categories: Philosophy