Themes in Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic Philosophy

Keeling Lectures 2011-18
Edited by Fiona Leigh
28 January 2021
244 × 170 mm
262 pp
Hardback: 978-1-905670-90-1
PDF: 978-1-905670-93-2

The present volume collects together papers based on the annual Keeling Memorial Lecture in ancient philosophy given at University College London, over 2011-18 (and one from 2004, previously unpublished). It contains contributions to theoretical as well as practical ancient philosophy, and in some cases, to both. Susanne Bobzien argues that Frege plagiarised the Stoics in respect of logic, Gail Fine compares uses of doxa and epistêmê in the Phaedo to contemporary notions of belief and knowledge, David Sedley offers a novel interpretation of ‘safe’ causal explanation in the Phaedo, and Gábor Betegh understands the ingredients of the soul in the Timaeus as structuring thought and speech. Dorothea Frede presents new considerations against a ‘particularist’ reading of Aristotle’s ethics, Lesley Brown examines the role of agreement in establishing what is just and the correctness of names in Plato, and Gisela Striker gives an analysis of the role of Stoic therapy in the good life. A. A. Long details a new reading of divinity in the Republic that reveals the Good as the essence of the divine, and Malcolm Schofield explores the tension between unfettered theoretical debate and the demand of determinacy in practical philosophy in Cicero.

Table of contents: 

Introduction, Margaret Hampson and Fiona Leigh

1. Lesley Brown, ‘Agreement, Contracts and Promises in Plato’

2. Gail Fine, ‘Epistêmê and Doxa, Knowledge and Belief, in the Phaedo'

3. David Sedley, ‘Socrates’ Second Voyage (Plato, Phaedo 99d-102a)’

4. Anthony Long, ‘Politics and Divinity in Plato’s Republic: The Form of the Good’

5. Gábor Betegh, ‘The Ingredients of the Soul in Plato’s Timaeus

6. Dorothea Frede, ‘Aristotle on the Importance of Rules, Laws, and Institutions in Ethics’

7. Gisela Striker, ‘Mental Health and Moral Health: Moral Progress in Seneca's Letters’

8. Malcolm Schofield, ‘Debate or Guidance? Cicero on Philosophy’

9. Susanne Bobzien, ‘Frege Plagiarised the Stoics’


Index Locorum

Subject Index