Preface. Acknowledgments. Text Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: The Presocratics. Timeline. 1. The Milesian Revolution. 1.1. The Milesians Turn to Nature. 1.2. Parmenides. 1.3. A Defense of the Inquiry into Nature. Further Reading for Part I. Part II: Socrates. Timeline. 2. The Good Life. 2.1. Definitions. 2.2. The Love of Wisdom. 2.3. Intellectualism. 3. Against the Sophists. 3.1. The Sophists Come to Athens. 3.2. The Sophist Sells Teachings for the Soul. 3.3. Rhetoric is Blind to the Good. Further Reading for Part II. Part III: Plato. 4. Three Platonic Theories. 4.1. The Theory of Recollection. 4.2. The Theory of Forms. 4.2. The Tripartite Theory of the Soul. 5. Justice and its Reward. 5.1. The Opening Conversation. 5.2. Justice. 5.3. The Just Life is Better . .. Further Reading for Part III. Part IV: Aristotle. 6. Second Philosophy. 6.1. Natural Bodies and their Specific Behaviors. 6.2. Natures are Forms. 6.3. Teleology in Nature. 7. Psychology. 7.1. The Soul is the Form of the Body. 7.2. Induction. 7.3. Becoming like the Unmovable First Mover. 8. First Philosophy. 8.1. The Science of Being. 8.2. Substances are Forms. 8.3. No Universal is a Substance. 9. Ethics.. 9.1. The Function Argument. 9.2. Theoretical Wisdom. 9.3. Practical Wisdom. Further Reading for Part IV. Part V: Hellenistic Philosophers. Timeline. 10. Reaction to the Classical Tradition. 10.1. Epicureanism. 10.2. Stoicism. 10.3. Skepticism. Further Reading for Part V. References. Index of Passages. General Index.
Thomas A. Blackson is a member of the Philosophy Faculty in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.
Thomas Blackson s Ancient Greek Philosophy is anintroductory-level overview of philosophy from the Presocraticthrough the Hellenistic periods. It would serve as an idealcompanion for a Survey of Ancient Philosophy course. B. s prose is lucid and accessible, his interpretations ofmany of the texts are compelling and interlace nicely, and heprovides informative footnotes and annotations. This is avery useful book. (Classical Review, 2012) Recommended. Lower-and upper-levelundergraduates. (Choice, 1 May 2012)"I should conclude by reiterating that I enjoyed and benefited fromfollowing Blackson's attempts to trace some continuities ofinterest and debate in the principal ancient philosophers."(Bmcreview, 12 October 2011)