If you're interested in learning more about Hellenistic philosophy (and who isn't?), then this is a great place to start. The author, an eminent classics scholar, is a world renowned expert on Stoicism. Reacting against the established schools founded by Plato and Aristotle, the three major movements of this era (c. 323 B.C.--50 B.C.) were Epicureanism, Skepticism, and Stoicism. Professor Long covers all three succinctly and eloquently, devoting approximately 60 pp. to the Epicureans, 30 pp. to the Skeptics, and 100 pp. to the Stoics. This is a fair distribution because the Skeptics offered little positive philosophy and Stoicism was definitely the most interesting and influential school of the period.
Should you desire to move to the next level in your study of Hellenistic philosophy, these are my recommended readings:
(1) The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy---(eds.) K. Algra et al. (An anthology that is scholarly and comprehensive. Should be on the shelf of every serious student of the subject.)
(2) Epicureanism---Tim O'Keefe (A lucid and informative book that works well for both introductory and advanced students.)
(3) The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics---(ed.) Brad Inwood (First-rate essays authored by some of the best experts in the field.)
(4) The Sceptics---R.J. Hankinson (Absolutely the best book on ancient Greek scepticism.)
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Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics (Engelska) Pocketbok – 1 Augusti 1986
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- Utgivare : California University Press; 2nd ed. utgåvan (1 Augusti 1986)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 274 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0520058089
- ISBN-13 : 978-0520058088
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The purpose of this book is to trace the main development in Greek philosophy during the period which runs from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. to the end of the Roman Republic (31 B.C.).
"A scholarly but readable account of Epicureanism, Scepticism and Stoicism . . . beautifully lucid."--Greece and Rome "Fulfills a long-felt need for an up-to-date general appraisal ."--Journal of Hellenic Studies "The best general introduction to the subject now available."--Philosophical Quarterly "Remarkably successful . . . a most welcome and accomplished book." --Classical Review
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Terry G. Brown
hellenistic philosophy: stoics, etc.Granskad i USA den 6 oktober 2009
Great read! Easy read! It is written for everyday people. Beyond my expectations. The book is organized so well. No wasted verbage. Fast moving to the point writing. It is easy to go back and revisit info. The author's style is so easy to follow. The explanation of the histories and principles of each philosophy are extremely thorough with plenty of references. I found out everything I wanted to know about these philosophies with fairness to all sides & opinions over the centuries. Getting this book was one of my better choices.
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Worth ItGranskad i USA den 25 februari 2012
This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in the subject. It goes very well with Long's 2 volume work containing the fragments, and it can also stand on its own.
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