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Author Long, A. A.

Title From Epicurus to Epictetus : studies in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy / A.A. Long.

Imprint Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.


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Description xiv, 439 p. ; 24 cm.
Note Originally published 2006.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [395]-411) and indexes.
Contents GENERAL -- Hellenistic ethics and philosophical power -- Hellenistic ethics as the art of life -- SCEPTICISM -- Aristotle and the history of Greek scepticism -- Timon of Phlius : Pyrrhonist and satirist -- Arcesilaus in his time and place -- Scepticism about gods -- Astrology : arguments pro and contra -- EPICUREANISM -- Chance and laws of nature in Epicureanism -- Pleasure and social utility : the virtues of being Epicurean -- Lucretius on nature and the Epicurean self -- EARLY STOCISM -- Zeno's epistemology and Plato's Theaetetus -- Stoic psychology and the elucidation of language -- The Stoics on world-conflagration and everlasting recurrence -- CICERO AND ROMAN STOICISM -- Cicero's Plato and Aristotle -- Cicero's politics in De officiis -- Stoic philosophers on persons, property-ownership, and community -- Seneca on the self : why now? -- Epictetus on understanding and managing emotions.
Summary "A.A. Long, one of the world's leading writers on ancient philosophy presents eighteen essays on the philosophers and schools of the Hellenistic and Roman periods - Epicureans. Stoics, and Sceptics. The discussion ranges over four centuries of innovative and challenging thought in ethics and politics, psychology, epistemology, and cosmology. In From Epicurus to Epictetus, Long's focus is on the distinctive contributions and methodologies of individual thinkers, notably Epicurus, Zeno, Pyrrho, Arcesilaus, Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca and Epictetus. Placing their philosophy in its cultural context, and considering it in relation to the earlier ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, he invites his readers to imagine themselves choosing between Stoicism and Epicureanism as philosophies of life ... This is a book not only for scholars and experts but also, thanks to the author's accessible style, for everyone interested in understanding the legacy and continuing relevance of ancient thought"--P. [4] of cover.
Also includes information on Academics, the Academy, animal life, Aristotle, astronomy, belief, bodies, body, causation, cause, excellence of character, cosmology, desire, earth, ethics, fear, friendship, gods, goodness, happiness, horoscopes, identity, justice, knowledge, logos, matter, mind, nature, necessity, pain, passion, pleasure, reason, skepticism, self, signs, soul, sun, teleology, tranquility, truth, utilitarianism, virtue, wise man, wealth, Zeus, zodiac, etc.
Subject Philosophy, Ancient.
ISBN 019927911X (hbk)
0199279128 (pbk.)
9780199279111 (hbk)
9780199279128 (pbk.)

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