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The Routledge Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy

Edited by: Kelly Arenson

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815347910
eBook ISBN: 9781351168120
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Hellenistic philosophy concerns the thought of the Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics, the most influential philosophical groups in the era between the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE) and the defeat of the last Greek stronghold in the ancient world (31 BCE).

The Routledge Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy provides accessible yet rigorous introductions to the theories of knowledge, ethics, and physics belonging to each of the three schools, explores the fascinating ways in which interschool rivalries shaped the philosophies of the era, and offers unique insight into the relevance of Hellenistic views to issues today, such as environmental ethics, consumerism, and bioethics. Eleven countries are represented among the Handbook?s 35 authors, whose chapters were written specifically for this volume and are organized thematically into six sections:

    • The people, history, and methods of Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Skepticism.
    • Earlier philosophical influences on Hellenistic thought, such as Aristotle, Socrates, and Presocratics.
    • The soul, perception, and knowledge.
    • God, fate, and the primary principles of nature and the universe.
    • Ethics, political theory, society, and community.
    • Hellenistic philosophy?s relevance to contemporary life.

Spanning from the ancient past to the present, this Handbook aims to show that Hellenistic philosophy has much to offer all thinking people of the twenty-first century.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Epicurean Philosophy and Its Parts Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Stoics and their Philosophical System Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Argumentative Strategies of Pyrrhonian and Academic Skeptics Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Documenting Hellenistic Philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Epicureans, Earlier Atomists, and Cyrenaics Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Cynic Influences on Stoic Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Stoics and Presocratic Materialists Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Aristotelian and Stoic Virtue Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Socratic Ignorance and Ethics in the Stoa Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Academic Skepticism and the Socratic Method Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Stoic Epistemology Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Stoic Theory of the Soul Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Impressions and Truth in Epicurean Epistemology Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Epicurus On Sense-Experience and the Fear of Death Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Skeptical Defenses Against the Inaction Objection Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Skeptical Responses to Stoics and Epicureans on the Criterion Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Epicureans on What There Is Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Epicureans on Teleology and Freedom Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Nature, God, and Determinism in Early Stoicism Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Stoics and Epicureans on Language and the World Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Free Will and Fate in Carneades’ Academic Skepticism Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Piety and Theology in the Stoics, Epicureans, and Pyrrhonian Skeptics Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Tranquility as the Goal in Pyrrhonian Skepticism Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Epicureans on Pleasure, Desire, and Happiness Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Epicureans on Friendship, Politics, and Community Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Medicine of Salvation Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Moral Philosophy in the Imperial Roman Stoa Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Academics and the Stoics on “Trying Your Best” and the Ultimate End of Action Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Is Skepticism Natural? Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Stoicism and Contemporary Medical Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Stoic Therapy for Today’s Troubles Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Stoic Cosmopolitanism and Environmental Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Feminism and Stoic Sagehood Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Epicurean Advice for the Modern Consumer Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Hellenistic Philosophy and the Origins of Modern Economic Thought Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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