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Equality and Excellence in Ancient and Modern Political Philosophy

Edited by Steven Frankel & John Ray
Subjects: Politics And Law

Interpretations of critically important texts in political philosophy from Greek antiquity to modern times on the tension between human excellence and equality and its possible resolution.

Animals in the World

Five innovative essays demonstrating how Aristotle's biology is an integral part of Aristotle's understanding of the universe.

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.

Plato's Stranger

Meditation on the character of the Eleatic Stranger in Plato's late dialogues, arguing that the prominent place afforded to this foreigner—the other—represents an important philosophical and political legacy regarding the way thought, and life in the community, is understood.

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.

Leo Strauss and the Theopolitics of Culture

This archive-based study of the philosophy of Leo Strauss provides in-depth interpretations of key texts and their larger theoretical contexts.

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.

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.

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.

Being Measured

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

Homer's Hero

Draws on Plato to argue that Homer elevated private life as the locus of true friendship and the catalyst of the highest human excellence.

The Cudgel and the Caress

Offers philosophical and psychological reflections on cruelty and tenderness.

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.

Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato

Argues that Socrates’ fundamental role in the dialogues is to guide us toward self-inquiry and self-knowledge.

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.

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.

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.

Plato's Statesman

Explores the interplay between the dramatic form of the dialogue and the basic themes it addresses.

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.

Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato

Describes a Platonic personal spirituality based on reason that is readily accessible to people today.

Without the Least Tremor

A reading of the death of Socrates as a self-sacrifice, with implications for ideas about suffering, wisdom, and the soul’s relationship to the body.

The Sophists in Plato's Dialogues

By David D. Corey
Subjects: Philosophy

Draws out numerous affinities between the sophists and Socrates 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.

Philosophizing ad Infinitum

An original and insightful account of nature and our place in it from one of France's preeminent historians of philosophy.

The Political Theory of Aristophanes

Examines the political dimensions of Aristophanes’ comic poetry.

Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor

A study of Lacan’s engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of ethical and political thought in his seventh seminar and later work.

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

Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment

Provocative reinterpretation of Plato's Symposium.

Bound by the City

Explores the connections between sexual difference and political structure in ancient Greek tragedy.

Logos and Muthos

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

Rewriting Difference

A transdisciplinary reader on Luce Irigaray's reading and re-writing of Ancient Greek texts.

Dreams in Exile

Examines the influence of Aristotle and Kant on the nineteenth-century social theory of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.

Tragedy and Citizenship

A study of attitudes towards tragedy in both democratic and nondemocractic political theory.

Erotic Wisdom

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

The Civic Conversations of Thucydides and Plato

Argues for the contemporary importance of Thucydides and Plato for both democratic political theory and democratic citizens.

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.

Troubling Play

By Kelsey Wood
Subjects: Philosophy

This new interpretation of Plato's Parmenides emphasizes its treatment of time and language—insights especially relevant for those working in the Continental tradition.

Sojourns

Heidegger's philosophical journal, written during his first visit to Greece in 1962, and appearing here in English for the first time.

Platonic Legacies

Demonstrates how archaic Platonism has a profound significance for contemporary thought.

Questioning Platonism

Explores interpretations of Plato by Heidegger, Derrida, Irigaray, Cavarero, and Gadamer.

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy I

Edited by John P. Anton & George L. Kustas
Subjects: Philosophy

The essays in this volume treat a wide variety of fundamental topics and problems in ancient Greek philosophy. The scope of the section on pre-Socratic thought ranges over the views which these thinkers ...

A Passion for the Impossible

Distinguished philosophers, theologians, and cultural critics provide the first critical consideration of the work of philosopher John D. Caputo. Responses from Caputo are included.

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.

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.

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.

Interrogating the Tradition

Constitutes a thoughtful survey of contemporary hermeneutics in its historical context.

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.

Symposia

Argues that the underlining of erotic matters in Plato's dialogues marks the most significant moment in his career.

The Presocratics after Heidegger

Reads Presocratics such as Homer, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Empedocles from within the realm opened up by Heidegger's thinking.

Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Translations and commentaries on Greek philosophy.

Aristotle's Categories and Concerning Interpretation with Commentaries

Translated by Kenneth A. Telford
Introduction by Kenneth A. Telford
Commentaries by Kenneth A. Telford
Subjects: Philosophy

Aristotle’s Categories and Concerning Interpretation, translated and with commentary.

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Translated by Kenneth A. Telford
Subjects: Philosophy

A translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.

Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece

An exercise in cultural sociology, Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece seeks to explicate the dynamic currents of classical Hellenic ethics and social philosophy by situating those idea-complexes ...

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 ...

Other Selves

This book presents a thorough and systematic integration of Aristotle's analysis of friendship with the main lines of the rest of his work in Politics and Nicomachean Ethics. The author conveys a clear ...

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 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 ...

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy III

Edited by John P. Anton & Anthony Preus
Subjects: Philosophy

The Plato who emerges from these essays is the seminal thinker, the profound philosopher, the master of dialectic who offers, together with his insights into reality and human values, a systematically ...

Plato's Theory of Explanation

Here is the question: what constitutes a good explanation of phenomena? Whereas true being (forms) can be known through dialectic, concrete phenomena can only be explained. An explanation is verisimilar ...

A History of Ancient Philosophy I

By Giovanni Reale
Edited and translated by John R. Catan
Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Philosophy

Beginning with the origins of Western philosophy, the profound creation of the Hellenic genius, Reale presents an appreciation of the Naturalists, the Sophists, Socrates, and the Minor Socratics.

Special ...

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy II

Edited by John P. Anton & Anthony Preus
Subjects: Philosophy

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Volume Two, reflects the refinements in scholarship and philosophical analysis that have impacted classical philosophy in recent years. It is a selection of the best ...

The Philosophers of Greece

This is the story of philosophy in ancient and classical Greece. Robert Brumbaugh brings out the intrinsic and current importance in the development of Western philosophy from Thales to Aristotle. He ...

Xenophon the Athenian

This book is a fresh study of the fourth century B.C. Greek adventurer, writer, and student of Socrates, Xenophon. An innovating author of many guises, an important source for the history of his time, ...