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Solon the Thinker: Political Thought in Archaic Athens

by John David Lewis

In Solon the Thinker, John Lewis presents the hypothesis that Solon saw Athens as a self-governing, self-supporting system akin to the early Greek conceptions of the cosmos. Solon's polis functions not through...


Ten Gifts of the Demiurge: Proclus on Plato's Timaeus

by Emilie Kutash

Proclus' commentary on Plato's "Timaeus" is perhaps the most important surviving Neoplatonic commentary. In it Proclus contemplates nature's mysterious origins and at the same time employs the deductive rigour...


Historical Dictionary of Ancient Greek Philosophy

by Anthony Preus

The ancient Greeks were not only the founders of western philosophy, but the actual term 'philosophy' is Greek in origin, most likely dating back to the late sixth century BC. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras,...


Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education

by Randall R. Curren

Aristotle regarded law and education as the two fundamental and deeply interdependent tools of political art, making the use of education by the statesman a topic of the first importance in his practical philosophy....


Boethius Consolation of Philosophy as a Product of Late Antiquity

by Antonio Donato

In the last fifty years the field of Late Antiquity has advanced significantly. Today we have a picture of this period that is more precise and accurate than before. However, the study of one of the most significant...


Plato's Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy

by S. Sara Monoson

In this book, Sara Monoson challenges the longstanding and widely held view that Plato is a virulent opponent of all things democratic. She does not, however, offer in its place the equally mistaken idea that...


The Iroquois and the Athenians: A Political Ontology

by Brian Seitz & Thomas Thorp

An original work of political theory, The Iroquois and the Athenians relocates the problem of political foundations and origins, removing it from the dead logic of the social contract and grafting it onto a...


Socratic Philosophy and Its Others

by Denise Schaeffer & Christopher Dustin

Engaging a broad range of Platonic dialogues, this collection of essays by distinguished scholars in political theory and philosophy explores the relation of Socratic philosophizing to those activities with...


Disguise and Recognition in the Odyssey

by Sheila Murnaghan

This book is a comprehensive study of the Odyssey's plot, which shows how the motifs of disguise and recognition are used to articulate the central values of Homeric society. The story of Odysseus' homecoming...


Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito: Critical Essays

by Rachana Kamtekar, Mark McPherran & P T. Geach

Plato's Euthyrphro, Apology, andCrito portray Socrates' words and deeds during his trial for disbelieving in the Gods of Athens and corrupting the Athenian youth, and constitute a defense of the man Socrates...


Exploring Personhood: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

by Joseph, O.P. Torchia

This book explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The coverage of the work is broad in scope, moving from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, critically...


Breaking with Athens: Alfarabi as Founder

by Christopher A. Colmo

This unique interpretation of Alfarabi's thought stresses the ways in which the tenth-century Arab philosopher self-consciously broke the metaphysical tradition that began with Plato. By examining Alfarabi's...


The Greek Search for Wisdom

by Michael K. Kellogg

The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said that all of Western philosophy was "but a series of footnotes to Plato." By the same token, one could argue that all of Western civilization is but an extension...


Karl Marx and the Future of the Human

by Cyril Smith

Cyril Smith shows that Marx developed a far richer and liberatory vision of humanity and the alternative to capital than that which has characterized his followers, and he makes a powerful argument that it is...


Plato's Gods

by Gerd Van Riel

This book presents a comprehensive study into Plato's theological doctrines, offering an important re-valuation of the status of Plato's gods and the relation between metaphysics and theology according to Plato....


Aristotle: His Life and School

by Carlo Natali & D. S. Hutchinson

This definitive biography shows that Aristotle's philosophy is best understood on the basis of a firm knowledge of his life and of the school he founded. First published in Italian, and now translated, updated,...


A Comparative Study of the Origins of Ethical Thought: Hellenism and Hebraism

by Seizo Sekine & Judy Wakabayashi

Provides an in-depth analysis of the differences between the Greek and Hebrew philosophies and religions while exaimining the consequences of both the Hellenic and Hebrew ethics codes.


The Portable Plato

by Plato

Writing in the fourth century B.C., in an Athens that had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Peloponnesian War, Plato formulated questions that have haunted the moral, religious, and political imagination...


Fragments

by Heraclitus

In the sixth century b.c.-twenty-five hundred years before Einstein-Heraclitus of Ephesus declared that energy is the essence of matter, that everything becomes energy in flux, in relativity. His great book,...


Classical Christianity and the Political Order: Reflections on the Theologico-Political Problem

by Father Ernest L. Fortin, Brian J. Benestad & Daniel J. Mahoney

In Volume Two of Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays, Fortin deals with the relationship between religion and civil society in a Christian context: that of an essentially nonpolitical but by no means entirely otherwordly...