- Paperback: 605 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 14, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069105875X
- ISBN-13: 978-0691058757
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,168,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a work of conspicuous erudition comprising 23 essays, all but two previously published. The nonspecialist in ancient philosophy will find a great deal to ponder about ancient thinkers' views of "the sorts of desires, the attitudes to self and others, the states of mind and feeling, the kind of knowledge and insight required...to lead the best life that is humanly possible." Although the book is very clearly written, reading it requires concentrated effort, for the material Cooper (philosophy, Princeton) discusses is both subtle and in a different idiom from contemporary moral thinking. He nevertheless illuminates a variety of issues on which contemporary philosophers focus. Recommended for academic libraries.ARobert Hoffman, York Coll., CUNY
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"This is a work of conspicuous erudition. . . . Although the books is very clearly written, reading it requires concentrated effort, for the material Cooper discusses is both subtle and in a different idiom from contemporary moral thinking. He nevertheless illuminates a variety of issues on which contemporary philosophers focus."--Library Journal
"This splendid book is a collection of twenty-three of John Cooper's papers on Greek ethical philosophy. . . . But more important, bringing these papers together has synergistic effects: we see Cooper returning to related issues in different contexts and elaborating the scope and depth of his analyses. . . . [T]hey are one of the handful of permanent contributions to the study of ancient ethics in the past one hundred years."--Chris Bobonich, The Philosophical Review
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Topics dealt with include politics, justice, and human motivation, happiness, virtue, friendship, pleasure, euthanasia and suicide. These topics are, of course, of no less importance today than they were in classical antiquity. And as these themes are of perennial interest, so Cooper is always mindful to make clear how the arguments and theories of the ancients are of interest to us too. These are not essays on theories that are long forgotten for good reason. On the contrary, Cooper always manages to show how the theories of the ancient philosophers still speak to us today. They were the most rational option available to the ancients and they are still a reasonable option for us. Cooper's great learning and profound knowledge of the ancient sources never interfere with this. However, Cooper assumes basic knowledge of the theories of the ancient philosophers. Hence this book may prove difficult for the beginner.
I recommend this book to students of Ancient Philosophy and Classics and to those who seek a good solid scholarly work on ancient ethics and moral psychology.