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Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy: Theoria in its Cultural Context Hardcover – September 13, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0521838252 ISBN-10: 0521838258

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"...The book is well written, original, thorough, and interesting."

"This lucid and engaging book contains much illuminating analysis of Platonic and Aristotelian theoria. It is a delight to read a scholar of such breadth as Nightingale ranging over texts that so often seem the prerogative of analytic commentators...the book is on the whole a success."
-Clare College, PHOENIX

"Andrea Wilson Nightingale has offered us a richly thought-provoking study...[Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy] is often incisive in thought and interpretation, creative in scholarship and bold in its attempt to clear the historical path to some fundamental questions about the practice of philosophy."
-Mark Shiffman, Department of Humanities, Villanova University, Ancient Philosophy

Book Description

Fourth-century BC Athens saw a transformation in the conception of wisdom. From being viewed as an activity performed in practical and political contexts, it came to be conceived in terms of theoria, or the wise man as a 'spectator' of truth. This book examines how philosophers during this period articulated and defended this new conception of knowledge and how cultural conditions influenced and illuminate this development. It provides an original and interdisciplinary study of the attempts to conceptualise 'theoretical' activity during this foundational period in the history of Western philosophy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521838258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521838252
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,331,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrea Nightingale is a Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. A Guggenheim recipient and a Harvard Senior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, she has written on literary, philosophical, and ecological issues. With the help of an architectural firm, Nightingale has co-designed a house in the Santa Cruz Mountains. An organic gardener, mountaineer, and lover of the natural world, she calls on herself and her students to have green thoughts (and to act on them).

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2013
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Thoroughly researched work presenting many interesting & original ideas. Anyone with an interest in Plato & Aristotle would find this book worthwhile.
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