SUNY series in Ancient Greek Philosophy

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The Relay Race of Virtue

Demonstrates that Plato and Xenophon ought to be regarded less as rivals and more as engaged in a dialogue advancing a common goal of preserving the Socratic legacy.

Opining Beauty Itself

Argues that Plato thinks that ordinary people grapple with the Forms and can make epistemological progress, even if they never achieve knowledge.

One over Many

Corrective intervention in Plato's metaphysics replacing the standard view of Plato as a metaphysical dualist with a novel and revolutionary paradigm of unitary pluralism in a single reality built on ontological diversity.

Otherwise Than the Binary

Examines traditional sites of binary thinking in ancient Greek texts and culture to demonstrate surprising ambiguity, especially with regard to sexual difference.

Seeing with Free Eyes

Examines the ideas of justice in Euripidean tragedy, which reveals the human experience of justice to be paradoxical, and reminds us of the need for humility in our unceasing quest for a just world.

Endangered Excellence

A fresh look at Aristotle’s political theory with attention to the resonance of his thought for contemporary concerns.

Image and Argument in Plato's Republic

Argues that images are at the heart of the dialogue’s philosophical argumentation.

E-Co-Affectivity

Offers an interdisciplinary investigation of affectivity in various forms of life.

Being Measured

Advances an interpretation of Aristotle’s theory of truth in terms of accurate measurement.

On the Good Life

Argues that mediation is a central theme in this Platonic dialogue dedicated to the exploration of what it means to live a good life.

Conflict in Aristotle's Political Philosophy

Offers a careful analysis of how Aristotle understands civil war, partisanship, distrust in government, disagreement, and competition, and explores ways in which these views are relevant to contemporary political theory.

Logoi and Muthoi

Essays on Greek philosophy and literature from Homer and Hesiod to Aristotle.

Plato and the Body

Offers an innovative reading of Plato, analyzing his metaphysical, ethical, and political commitments in connection with feminist critiques.

Aristotle on God's Life-Generating Power and on Pneuma as Its Vehicle

Proposes an innovative rethinking of Aristotle’s work as a system that integrates his theology with his doctrine of reproduction and life.

The Parthenon and Liberal Education

Discusses the importance of the early history of Greek mathematics to education and civic life through a study of the Parthenon and dialogues of Plato.

Plato's Laughter

Counters the long-standing, solemn interpretation of Plato’s dialogues with one centered on the philosophical and pedagogical significance of Socrates as a comic figure.

The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theorem

Explores Thales’s speculative philosophy through a study of geometrical diagrams.

Contemplating Friendship in Aristotle's Ethics

Examines how Aristotle posits political philosophy and the experience of friendship as a means to bind strictly intellectural virtue with morality.

Topography and Deep Structure in Plato

A literary and historical analysis of the structure and meaning of recurrent symbols, images, and actions employed in Plato’s dialogues.

Ancient and Medieval Concepts of Friendship

Charts the stages of the history of friendship as a philosophical concept in the Western world.

The Other Plato

Collected writings on Plato’s unwritten teachings.

Aristotle's Concept of Chance

The first exhaustive study of Aristotle's concept of chance.

Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis

An urgent, contemporary defense of Aristotle

Archaeology and the Origins of Philosophy

Detailed study of how Anaximander’s cosmological and philosophical conceptions were affected by architectural technologies.

Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment

Provocative reinterpretation of Plato's Symposium.

Logos and Muthos

Explores the philosophical dimensions present in the works of ancient Greek poets and playwrights.

Erotic Wisdom

A lively and highly readable commentary on one of Plato’s most beloved dialogues.

Theophany

Situates Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite as a Neoplatonic philosopher in the tradition of Plotinus and Proclus.

Aristotle's Politics Today

Examines the implications of Aristotle’s political thought for contemporary political theory.

Plotinus and the Presocratics

The first book-length philosophical study on the Presocratic influences in Plotinus’ Enneads.

The Greek Concept of Nature

Explores the origin and evolution of the Greek concept of nature up until the time of Plato.

The Ethics of Ontology

A novel rereading of the relationship between ethics and ontology in Aristotle.

Aristotle

A comprehensive introduction to the life and work of Aristotle.

Aristotle on False Reasoning

A comprehensive look at Aristotle's treatise on logical fallacies.

Anaximander in Context

Places the development of Anaximander's thought within social, political, cosmological, astronomical, and technological contexts.

Cognition of Value in Aristotle's Ethics

Argues that the central cognitive component of ethical virtue for Aristotle is awareness of the value of particulars.

Ontology and the Art of Tragedy

Argues for a reading of the Poetics in light of the Metaphysics.

Revaluing Ethics

Challenges influential interpretations of Aristotelian ethical and political philosophy.

The Wisdom of Aristotle

Appearing in English for the first time, this is the definitive scholarly treatment on the role of practical reasoning in ethics.

Anaximander and the Architects

Uses textual and archaeological evidence to argue that emerging Egyptian and Greek architectural technologies were crucial to the origins and development of Greek philosophy.

Aristotle on Political Enmity and Disease

Explores Aristotle's theory of the causes that give rise to stasis ('civic disorder'), and provides an original and systematic account of his understanding of political justice and friendship.

Plato's Socrates as Educator

Examines and evaluates Socrates' role as an educator in Plato's dialogues.

Aristotle and the Theology of the Living Immortals

Argues that Aristotle used the most traditional Greek ideas about the gods to develop and defend his physical, metaphysical, and ethical teachings.

Aristotle on Artifacts

Investigates Aristotle's views on the ontological status of artifacts in the Metaphysics, with implications for a variety of metaphysical problems.

Action and Contemplation

European and North American scholars explore the political philosophy of Aristotle, with particular attention to questions arising from the Politics and the Nicomachean Ethics.

Plato's Charmides and the Socratic Ideal of Rationality

Interprets Plato's Charmides as a microcosm of Socratic philosophy that presents Plato's vision of the life of critical reason and of its uneasy relation to political life in the ancient city.

Analysis and Science in Aristotle

Presents a new interpretation of Aristotle's Analytics (the Prior and Posterior Analytics) as a unified whole, and argues that to "loose up" or solve—rather than to reduce or break up—is the principle meaning which best characterizes the Analytics.

Plato's Craft of Justice

Shows that Plato's middle dialogues develop and extend, rather than reject, philosophical positions taken in the early dialogues.

Aristotle's Theory of Actuality

This is an attack on Aristotle showing that his misplaced drive toward the consistent application of his actualistic ontology (denying the reality of all potential things) resulted in many of his major theses being essentially vacuous.

Finitude and Transcendence in the Platonic Dialogues

This book explains how to read Plato, emphasizing the philosophic importance of the dramatic aspects of the dialogues, and showing that Plato is an ironic thinker and that his irony is deeply rooted in ...

Inventing the Universe

A parallel investigation of both Plato's Timaeusand the contemporary standard Big Bang model of the universe shows that any possible scientific knowledge of the universe is ultimately grounded in irreducible ...

Aristotle's Philosophy of Friendship

Presents the major issues in Aristotle's writings on Friendship.

The Political Dimensions of Aristotle's Ethics

A study in the best tradition of classical scholarship, showing mastery of commentary and scholarship in eight languages, this book argues that the Ethics is integral to a series of politically oriented ...

The Symposium and the Phaedrus

The Symposium and the Phaedrus are combined here because of their shared theme: a reflection on the nature of erotic love, the love that begins with sexual desire but can transcend that origin and reach ...

The Masks of Dionysos

The metaphysical center of Plato's work has traditionally been taken to be his Doctrine of Forms; the epistemological center, the Doctrine of Recollection. The Symposium has been viewed as one of the ...

Rhetoric and Reality in Plato's "Phaedrus"

The Phaedrus is well-known for the splendid mythical panorama Socrates develops in his second speech, and for its graphic descriptions of erotic behavior. This book shows how the details of the myth and ...

Aristotle's Physics and Its Medieval Varieties

This book considers the concepts that lay at the heart of natural philosophy and physics from the time of Aristotle until the fourteenth century. The first part presents Aristotelian ideas and the second ...

Two Studies in the Early Academy

This book presents two new interpretations of the evidence regarding the metaphysical ideas of two important figures in Plato's Academy, Eudoxus and Speusippus, and of Aristotle's reaction to those ideas. ...

Pleasure, Knowledge, and Being

Hampton illumines the overall structure of the Philebus. Taking the interrelations of pleasure, knowledge, and being as the keys to understanding the unity of the dialogue, she focuses on the central ...

The Rational Enterprise

"Desjardins' conclusion, that the Theaetetus really does point to a particular theory of knowledge, certainly will be controversial, since for many people the idea that the Theaetetus fails to define ...