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Voices of Ancient Philosophy: An Introductory Reader Paperback – September 7, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0195126952 ISBN-10: 0195126955

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195126955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195126952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A provocative selection of readings. I am highly impressed. And at a price affordable to the student!"--Wendy C. Hamblet, California State University, Stanislaus

"It is a pleasure to see an introductory reader on ancient philosophy organized around key philosophical problems. An excellent selection of topics and readings."--David Bowen, University of North Florida

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Julia Annas is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Parableman on July 31, 2005
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Julia Annas has produced a remarkable volume intended as a reader for introductory ancient philosophy classes. I'm using it in my class right now, and I'm finding it to be exactly what I was looking for.

An upper level ancient philosophy course should be more directed toward examining the whole of a philosopher's thought, and reading longer works in context with the entire philosopher's outlook is ideal in that environment. In an introductory course, however, students are taking philosophy for the first time, and the ancient philosophers are merely a means to learning philosophy for the first time. Focusing on issues is thus more important than getting the whole of a philosopher's thought down in every way.

This book presents six topics, with ancient philosophers' writings on the topics organized as a conversation. In any given topic, you usually find Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and Epicurus, with some representation by the pre-Socratics, the Sophists, the Skeptics, the Neo-Platonists, and even Augustine and Boethius to round out topics not discussed as much by the ancients. You also will find those whose work is not widely recognized as philosophy but has a bearing on philosophy, including Homer, the Hippocratic school, an excerpt from one of the Maccabean books, and a short snippet of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The most prominent ancient Greek and Roman philosophers dominate, however, since this book is about them.

The six topics are (1) Fate and Freedom (which includes divine foreknowledge and the fixity of the future), (2) Reason and Emotion, (3) Knowledge, Belief, and Skepticism (including relativism), (4) Metaphysical Questions (including paradoxes, the Forms, cause/explanation, and time), (5) How Should You Live?, and (6) Society and the State.
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By Patricia A. Carter on April 14, 2014
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Author takes complicated issues and makes them reachable for any reader. The short commentaries are welcome in a busy life.
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By far one of my more interesting reads. Gets pretty lengthy and a bit difficult and dry at times but overall, not bad.
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