Ancient Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny

By Anthony Kenny

Sir Anthony Kenny right here tells the attention-grabbing tale of the start of philosophy and its awesome flourishing within the old Mediterranean global. this is often the preliminary quantity of a four-book set during which Kenny will spread a magisterial new historical past of Western philosophy, the 1st significant single-author background of philosophy to seem in decades.
Ancient Philosophy spans over one thousand years and brings to lifestyles the good minds of the previous, from Thales, Pythagoras, and Parmenides, to Socrates, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Augustine. The book's nice advantage is that it truly is written through one of many world's best professionals at the topic. rather than an uncritical, ordinary recitation of recognized facts--Plato and his cave of shadows, Aristotle's ethics, Augustine's urban of God--we see the foremost philosophers in the course of the eyes of a guy who has spent an entire life considering their paintings. hence we don't easily get an outline of Aristotle, for instance, yet a penetrating and insightful critique of his proposal. Kenny deals an illuminating account of many of the colleges of notion, from the Pre-Socratics to the Epicureans. He examines the advance of good judgment and cause, historical principles approximately physics ("how issues happen"), metaphysics and ethics, and the earliest considering the soul and god.
Vividly written, yet severe and deep adequate to supply a real knowing of the good philosophers, Kenny's lucid and stimulating background becomes the definitive paintings for a person drawn to the folks and concepts that formed the process Western concept.

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The human soul is itself Wre: Heraclitus sometimes lists soul, along with earth and water, as three elements. Since water quenches Wre, the best soul is a dry soul, and must be kept from moisture. It is hard to know exactly what counts as moisture in this context, but alcohol certainly does: a drunk, Heraclitus says, is a man led by a boy (KRS 229–31). 7 What Hegel most admired in Heraclitus was his insistence on the coincidence of opposites, such as that the universe is both divisible and indivisible, generated and ungenerated, mortal and immortal.

A 3. 984b27). The Way of Seeming in fact includes two truths not hitherto 10 A detailed examination of Parmenides’ ontology will be found in Ch. 6 below. L. 9. 21), and secondly, that the Morning Star is the same as the Evening Star. 11 Parmenides had a pupil, Melissus, who came from Pythagoras’ island of Samos and who was said to have studied also with Heraclitus. He was active in politics, and rose to the rank of admiral of the Samos Xeet. L. 9. 4). Melissus expounded the philosophy of Parmenides’ poem in plain prose, arguing that the universe was unlimited, unchangeable, immovable, indivisible, and homogeneous.

9. 51). 18 18 See Ch. 4 below. 29 PYTHAGORAS TO PLATO Protagoras seems to have been prepared to argue on either side of any question, and he boasted that he could always make the worse argument the better. , 656–7; Aristotle, Rh. 2. 24. 1402a25). Protagoras’ enemies liked telling the story of the time when he sued his pupil Eualthus for non-payment of fees. Eualthus had refused to pay up, saying he had not yet won a single case. L. 9. 56). Another sophist, Prodicus from the island of Ceos in the Aegean, came to Athens, like Protagoras, on oYcial business of his home state.

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