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Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Julia Annas

Publication Date - 18 January 2001

ISBN: 9780192853578

144 pages

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A fresh and lively account of ancient philosophy.


The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound. This book introduces ancient debates, engaging us with the ancient developments of their themes. Moving away from the presentation of ancient philosophy as a succession of great thinkers, the book gives readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy, and of its wide variety of themes and styles.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


  • Provides readers with a fresh and lively account of ancient philosophy, discussing its wide variety of themes and styles
  • Includes ancient debates
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - millions sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Julia Annas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona and author of several books for OUP, including An Introduction to Platos Republic and The Morality of Happiness. She is also series editor for the Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.

Table of Contents

    Introduction; 1 Humans and beasts: understanding ourselves; 2 Why do we read Platos Republic?; 3 The happy life, ancient and modern; 4 Reason, knowledge and scepticism; 5 Logic and reality; 6 When did it all begin? (and what is it anyway?); Further Reading; Notes; Index.

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