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Diogenes Laertius: Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Diogenes Laertius: Lives of Eminent Philosophers
An Edited Translation

  • Editor and Translator: Stephen White, University of Texas, Austin
  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521883351

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  • A pioneering work in the history of philosophy, the ancient text of the Lives presents engaging portraits of nearly a hundred Greek philosophers. It blends biography with bibliography and surveys of leading theories, peppered with punchy anecdotes, pithy maxims, and even snatches of poetry, much of it by the philosophers themselves. The work presents a systematic genealogy of Greek philosophy from its origins in the sixth century BCE to its flowering in Plato's Academy and the Hellenistic schools. In this fully up-to-date and accessible translation, based on the most accurate texts and the latest advances in scholarship, Stephen White provides a valuable resource for students and scholars of ancient philosophy. Highlights include extended treatment of the 'Seven Sages' (Book 1), Socrates and his Socratic followers (Book 2), Plato (Book 3), Aristotle and his school (Book 5), Diogenes the Cynic (Book 6), Stoicism (Book 7), Pythagoreans (Book 8), Pyrrhonian skepticism (Book 9), and Epicureanism (Book 10).

    • Accessible translation of a key third-century work which stands as the preeminent surviving ancient history of Greek philosophy
    • Informed by huge progress in recent philosophical and historical scholarship, making it fully up to date
    • Presents ancient philosophy as a way of life for leading figures including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus, as well as leading Atomists, Cynics, Stoics, and Skeptics
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    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521883351
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Outline of the Lives
    Lives of Eminent Philosophers
    Book 1. Origins and sages
    Book 2. Ionians, Socrates and Socratics
    Book 3. Plato
    Book 4. Academics
    Book 5. Aristotle and Peripatetics
    Book 6. Antisthenes and Cynics
    Book 7. Zeno and Stoics
    Book 8. Pythagoras and Pythagoreans
    Book 9. Italians and others, Pyrrho and Pyrrhonians
    Book 10. Epicurus and Epicureans
    Appendix: conspectus of changes to the text
    Glossary of philosophical terms
    Bibliography
    Index of biographies
    Index of citations
    Index of persons.

  • Editor and Translator

    Stephen White, University of Texas, Austin
    Stephen White is Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Sovereign Virtue: Aristotle on Prosperity and Happiness (1992) and of articles on many topics in ancient philosophy and literature. With William Fortenbaugh, he is the co-editor of volumes on Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes (2004) and Aristo of Ceos (2006).

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