Topics in Stoic Philosophy

Topics in Stoic Philosophy

Topics in Stoic Philosophy

Topics in Stoic Philosophy

Synopsis

Stoicism (third century BC to second century AD) is one of the richest and most influential intellectual traditions of antiquity. Leading scholars here contribute new studies of a set of topics which are the focus of current research in this area. They combine careful analytical attention to the original texts with historical sensitivity and philosophical acuity, to provide the basis for a better understanding of Stoic ethics, political theory, logic, and physics. Whereas till recently the study of Hellenistic philosophy has been mainly a historical enterprise, these essays demonstrate that a proper treatment of Stoicism engages us in philosophical questions of considerable current relevance and interest.

Excerpt

The first six articles of this volume, together with the introduction, initially were written to be translated into modern Greek and to be published as a volume of the Greek philosophical journal Deukalion (vol. 15/1, 1997). It was an attempt to present to the Greek public current work on Stoic philosophy, an area that has been unduly neglected in contemporary Greek scholarship. However, since these articles were highly original and important, and since modern Greek--unfortunately--is not a lingua franca, I thought they should also, with the addition of two further articles, be made available in their original version.

I would like to thank Peter Momtchiloff and Robert Ritter of Oxford University Press for helping to make this possible; but also for their patience in the face of my inexperience and, especially, my transhumancy between Greece and England.

K.I.

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