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Ancient Philosophy


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1: Beginnings: From Pythagoras to Plato 2: Schools of Thought: From Aristotle to Augustine 3: Argument and Reason: Logic 4: Knowledge and its Limits 5: How Things Happen: Physics 6: What There Is: Metaphysics 7: Soul and Mind 8: How to Live: Ethics 9: God

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Sir Anthony Kenny is one of Britain's most distinguished academics. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Master of Balliol College, and President of the British Academy. He is one of very few philosophers who have made significant contributions to the study of ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, and twentieth-century philosophy. He is particularly well known for his work on Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Wittgenstein. He has also published acclaimed books on the philosophy of mind and action and the philosophy of religion.


`Review from previous edition This wonderful book . . . is not only an authoritative guide to the history of philosophy but also a compelling introduction to every major area of philosophical inquiry. . . . Kenny's prose is exceptionally clear . . . He conveys his rich subject matter with a light touch of which only the greatest of writers are capable. . . . This, combined with his breadth and depth of learning and philosophical sophistication, make reading this book hugely rewarding. It is also worth mentioning that the book is beautifully illustrated . . . One is left eager for subsequent volumes and convinced that the intellectual cosmos is, indeed, boundlessly rich.' James Ladyman, Times Higher Education Supplement `this genial and highly accessible book . . . presents and analyses with exemplary clarity the most important ideas and arguments ancient philosophers contributed to the main fields of philosophical inquiry . . .the range, beauty, and often the unexpectedness of the illustrations are one of the triumphs of the volume' Malcolm Schofield, London Review of Books `The ambition and the difficulty of his project are immense, but Kenny has the right qualifications to undertake it. Kenny's book is beautifully produced and imaginatively illustrated. He packages an informative and lucid synopsis of the individual philosophers' lives, work and doctrines; and he follows this survey with 200 stimulating pages on seven topics.' Times Literary Supplement

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