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Comment: Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Date of Publication: 1987
Binding: soft cover
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Description: 0816612757 Some underlining and marginalia, mostly at pages 52-71, otherwise clean; binding is square and secure, though spine shows a reading crease. Soft cover has tiny folds at the corners, rubbing around the free edegs with some chipping at spine ends, and a short crease at the left rear edge, otherwise sound.
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Frede, a leading historian of ancient philosophy, has here collected 17 papers, all of the highest quality. The papers are diverse; there is one on Plato, five on Aristotle, three on the Stoics, two on the Skeptics, four on ancient medicine, and two on ancient grammar. An introductory chapter, written for the collection, explains Frede's approach to ancient philosophy: to understand it, one "has also to look at all the other histories"social, political, religious, civic"to which it is tied." Frede's work, impressive for its erudition and rigor but previously often accessible only to specialists, will now find the wider audience it deserves. Recommended for academic collections. Richard Hogan, Philosophy Dept., Southeastern Massachusetts Univ. , N. Dartmouth
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; Minnesota Archive Editions edition (March 2, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816612757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816612758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 9 inches
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Before moving on to the book it will be useful to say a few words about Michael Frede as a scholar.

Michael Frede (1940-2007) was one of the most important scholars who worked on ancient philosophy in the 20th century. This much, I dare say, is more or less unanimously agreed upon by scholars working in the field. For those not convinced I might add that The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (Ted Honderich ed.) contains only four entries on historians of ancient philosophy: Frede is one of them. The entry describes Frede as a "historian of ancient philosophy who is sensitive to the methodological distinction between writing history of philosophy as history and writing history of philosophy as philosophy. His approach entails locating ancient texts in a causal network of other `histories': medicine, law, religion, politics, for example, and attempts to exhibit philosophical problems as they were conceived and treated by the ancients themselves." And the entry goes on to cite this very collection as a notable publication of his. The description of him in the Oxford Companion to Philosophy is fitting. Frede was indeed very sensitive to the way in which one studies ancient thought, and the description, moreover, applies to every essay contained in this volume.

Having said that, I must now confess that it is not always easy to understand Frede's essays on first reading. His style can be terse: These essays were written in English by a native speaker of German. I do not mean to suggest that the text is not readable English, but it does not always flow smoothly and effortlessly. But style is one thing and content is another. The interpretations and ideas contained in Frede's essays aren't always easy to understand either: This is by no means introductory material, light reading.
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