(Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction) [PDF READ] µ Julia Annas

Readings and I m gonna get to that

Great Beginning Great Ending 
beginning great ending a slow middle when she starts outlining the nuts and bolts of ancient philosophy and what makes Aristotolean logic different from Epicurean logic I mean at least that was the part that I understood The rest of it not so much Ironic considering she mentions that that s exactly why philosophy was and is considered stuffy and ridiculous leading to anti philosophical schools like the Stoics who regarded logic and classical philosophy as bogus for its increasingly technical vocabulary Not my favorite AVS but uite well written and informative This is a very interesting introduction to the ancient Greek philosophy Most of us who had studied any form of ancient philosophy have had encounters with all of its big thinkers such as Socrates Plato Aristotle Diogenes etc We may even know a thing or two about various schools of thought that some those philosophers belonged to Stoicism Cynicism etc and this short book is a good and valuable refresher of those topics It is very well written and engaging boom and manages to bring to life some of the ideas and perspectives that might otherwise be painfully dry and unrelatable to the modern readers For me the most interesting aspect of the book was its coverage of how the perspective on various ancient philosophies evolved over time For instance for most of history Plato s Republic was not treated as a treatise on political philosophy but for the past century and a half this seems to have been the predominant reading of that textHighly recommended book Ancient Philosophy A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 26 Julia Annas The tradition of that textHighly recommended book Ancient Philosophy A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 26 Julia Annas The tradition of philosophy is a long rich and varied one in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound This book aims to introduce readers to some ancient debates and to get them to engage with the ancient developments of some themes Getting away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of Great Thinkers the book aims to give readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy and of its wide variety of themes and styles. HorJulia Annas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona and author of several books for OUP including An Introduction to Platos Republic and The Morality of Happiness She is also series editor for the Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosoph. ,

When trying to get through Russell s A History of Western Philosophy I was struck by what I m inclined now to describe as authorial indecision Russell would find himself in a wood with two divergent paths and rather than settling finally on one or the other would return again and again to that moment of choice He could remain a mere speaker for the facts for just so long before he would find himself He could remain a mere speaker for the facts for just so long before he would find himself those facts to bear on the moment and the situatedness of himself and his reader At least one reviewer I think characterised it as a choice Russell couldn t make between writing history and polemicPerhaps this modest little volume Ancient Philosophy A Very Short Introduction has the advantage of distance because its subject is historically distant but I think there s to it than that Annas is aware from the start and indeed addresses the problem explicitly That is history can remain too far away but it can also be brought too close The better books on the history of philosophy can keep this right distance and Annas has done it before with Plato Here again she succeeds not by taking one path or another but by remaining in a clearing out of the tradition of choice She makes central to each chapter not a particular figure but a particular problem Various ancients speak choice She makes central to each chapter not a particular figure but a particular problem Various ancients speak they draw near to the problem or as its centrality shifts or is shifted by their speaking the problem It s this sort of respect for distance that now lets us locate Plato here rather than elsewhere and that clears away the authority of the Church to show us a modest Aristotle I m loving this short introductions seriesThis book is exactly what it should be concise accessible and balanced in its presentation of multiple schools of thought I definitely recommend this Not bad I haven t read much about ancient Greek philosophy Some of the dialogues by Plato l a bit of Aristotle and some other scattered writings about some pre Socratic philosophers The book is an introduction to a series of topics addressed by the ancient philosophers however there isn t much consistency among the chapters The good things is that I managed to set a track for my future. Ome themes Getting away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of Great Thinkers the book aims to give readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy and of its wide variety of themes and stylesAbout the Aut. .

Review Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

.

Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
The Willy Lynch Letter Blind Fall Stolen by an Alien Look Away An Adventurers Heart Adventures on Brad Wangari's Trees of Peace A True Story from Africa The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Having taken a look at the reviews of the republic on this site I was somewhat perturbed from picking that book up I thought maybe I only need the cliff notes of what was influential and can ignore the bits that are apparently evil I decided The book starts with a rhetorical situation that hits ou the eyes Medea in the play by Euripides is faced with a Choice Allow Her Anger Free Rein Destroy Her Children allow her anger free rein and destroy her children get revenge on the lover who jilted her Jason or let her reason guide her into a wise choice of saving them To the ancients according to Annas this neatly captures the dilemma of being human the contrary drives in one human being and the response to this type of conflict is the ground where philosophy is born How are we to live not just in a brutal universe we dimly understandthough many of the ancient philosophers will say when Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers you do understand how the universe functionsou will understand how to live but our own often contradictory drives Unfortunately what started as an amazing premise and hook into the book got lost in the survey of the dominant schools of philosophy Although it is tough to give an account of the various schools and do justice to the complexity Of Thought She Does thought she does to highlight the major differences and give the reader a sense of what ancient philosophy was all about My problem though is not with the short nature of the book or the way it shied away from its initial promise but in the way it kind of degenerated into a not very clear examination of the major philosophies It at times got lost in the ancients suabbles with each other This is clear and helpful but in my view not sufficient to understand the whole field I have now bought the individual introductions to each philosopher as I think that might do the trick I love the Very Short Introduction series by the Oxford University pressIn this book Professor Annas provides a good overview of the ancient Greek philosophers and why they re still important today Annas makes the subject accessible and the reader feels like they re auditing a semester of lectures Can only imagine the discussion in her courses A few Fat Activism years ago. The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long rich and varied one in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound This book aims to introduce readers to some ancient debates and to get them to engage with the ancient developments of