Review by Choice Review
The most recent entry in the series of "Cambridge Companions," this volume consists of 12 scholarly essays ranging over the period of Western philosophy that encompasses the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, including some Roman Christians. Many of the philosophers and schools represented in this volume have individual volumes of scholarly essays in the same series dedicated to them. This book is therefore intended as an introduction to the entire period, and does not treat any one thinker or school in detail (the essay by A.A. Long on Roman philosophy, for example, has only one paragraph summarizing Augustine). These essays are intended to whet the appetite of the reader to indulge in the related books in this excellent series. Salient features of this volume are essays entitled "Philosophy and Literature" (Martha Nussbaum), "Philosophy and Religion" (Glenn W. Most), and "Philosophy and Science" (R.J. Hankinson) as these topics relate to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Excellent bibliography, glossary, and index. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. P. A. Streveler emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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