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M. F. Burnyeat taught for 14 years in the Philosophy Department of University College London, then for 18 years in the Classics Faculty at Cambridge, 12 of them as the Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, before migrating to Oxford in 1996 to become a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at All Souls College. The studies, articles and reviews collected in these two volumes of Explorations in Ancient and Modern Philosophy were all written, and all but two published, before that decisive change. Whether designed for a scholarly audience or for a wider public, they range from the Presocratics to Augustine, from Descartes and Bishop Berkeley to Wittgenstein and G. E. Moore. Their subject-matter falls under four main headings: Part I on Logic and Dialectic, Part II on Scepticism Ancient and Modern, Part III on Knowledge, and Part IV on Philosophy and the Good Life. The title 'Explorations' well expresses Burnyeat's ability to discover new aspects of familiar texts, new ways of solving old problems. In his hands the history of philosophy becomes itself a philosophical activity.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107400061
Number of pages: 776
Weight: 1470 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 43 mm


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'... at the end of so many of the essays collected here, the reader has been brought to deeper insights in a way that is as much literary and historical as it is philosophical. The moral of the story is that, at least in Burnyeat's hands, serious progress cannot be made in any of these areas on its own. Philosophical, literary and historical methods work together in Burnyeat's essays in an exemplary manner. On any of his topics (and they are often quite central to the concerns of any classicist) he sets the bar high and then shows us how the job is to be done. Would that more of us had the capacity to follow his lead.' Brad Inwood, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"...The collection as a whole reveals the historical and philosophical power of a truly extraordinary mind, one whose influence has been almost as great through his teaching as through his books and the papers collected here.... It would be foolish to pick out one or two of these papers for discussion. Every reader will have his or her favorites.... Readers who have come this far will already know what to do - buy this book or make sure that their library does so as soon as possible.... the reader has been brought to deeper insights in a way that is as much literary and historical as it is philosophical..." --Brad Inwood, University of Toronto, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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