Ancient Mediterranean Philosophy: An Introduction
Although the Greeks were responsible for the first systematic philosophy of which we have any record, they were not alone in the Mediterranean world and were happy to draw inspiration from other traditions; traditions that are now largely neglected by philosophers and scholars. This book tells the story of 'Greek Philosophy', paying due attention to its historical context and the contributions made by Egyptians, Hebrews, Persians and even barbarians from northern Europe. Stephen Clark provides a narrative history of the philosophical traditions that took shape over several centuries in the Mediterranean world and offers a comprehensive survey of this crucial period in the history of philosophy.
The book includes a thorough historical and philosophical overview of all the key thinkers, events and ideas that characterized the period and explores in detail central themes such as the contest of gods and giants, the contrast between the reality and appearance, and the idea of the philosopher. Ideal for undergraduate students, this concise and accessible book provides a comprehensive guide to a fascinating period in the history of philosophy.
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Chapter 1 Beginnings
Chapter 2 Influence from outside
Chapter 3 Inspired thinkers
Chapter 4 Travellers and stayathomes
Chapter 5 Divine Plato
Chapter 6 The Aristotelian synthesis
Chapter 7 Living the philosophical life
Chapter 8 Ordinary and supernatural lives
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