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KNOWLEDGE AND FATE

Part IB Paper 8 Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy : Knowledge and Fate Dr Robert Wardy 2010-11 General Bibliography

Very reliable English translations of the relevant texts can be found in A. A. Long, D. N. Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers, 2 vols., Cambridge: CUP, 1987. [L&S] [Definitely the fundamental tool for our study. Vol. 1 contains the translations, with valuable comments, and useful indexes of sources and philosophers; vol. 2 contains the Greek and Latin originals and extensive bibliography. The bibliography is updated to 2000 in the third volume of the French translation Les philosophes hellnistiques, 3 vols., Paris: Flammarion, 1997-2001] B. Inwood, L. P. Gerson, Hellenistic Philosophy: Introductory Readings, 2nd edition, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997. [I&G] [No commentary; the texts are usually presented in longer chunks than in Long&Sedley; more material on Pyrrhonism and useful glossary] The best introductions to Hellenistic Philosophy are A. A. Long, Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics, 2nd edition, London: Duckworth, 1986. R. W. Sharples, Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics: An introduction to Hellenistic Philosophy, London and New York: Routledge, 1996. Helpful short introductory readings are also the relevant entries (e.g. Hellenistic Philosophy, Epicurus, Epicureanism, Stoicism, Arcesilaus, Carneades, Ancient Skepticism, Pyrrhonism) in E. Craig (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 10 vols., London: Routledge, 1998. [Also online at http://www.rep.routledge.com] E. N. Zalta (ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [Online at http://plato.stanford.edu/ contents.html] Much more comprehensive studies are K. Algra, J. Barnes, J. Mansfeld, M. Schofield (eds.), The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy, Cambridge: CUP, 1999. [CHHP] [Monumental state of the art account of Hellenistic Philosophy by the major specialists; it does not deal with Neopyrrhonism, though, on which you can see Hankinson 1995] R. J. Hankinson, The Sceptics, London and New York: Routledge, 1995. [Solid overview of all the brands of ancient scepticism]

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B. Inwood (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics, Cambridge: CUP, 2003. [State of the art presentation of Stoicism by the major specialists] For Epicureanism we have no comprehensive monograph comparable with Hankinson 1995 and Inwood 2003. Most of the topics of lectures 2 and 3 are covered, however, by E. Asmis, Epicurus Scientific Method, Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1984. [Focused on Epicurean epistemology, contains extensive treatment of the fundamentals of Epicurean physics too] Various seminal studies on topics relevant to this course can be found in M. Schofield, M. Burnyeat, J. Barnes (eds.), Doubt and Dogmatism: Studies in Hellenistic Epistemology, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980. J. Barnes, J. Brunschwig, M. Burnyeat, M. Schofield (eds.), Science and Speculation: Studies in Hellenistic Theory and Practice, Cambridge: CUP, 1982. J. Barnes, M. Mignucci (eds.), Matter and Metaphysics, Napoli: Bibliopolis, 1988. J. Brunschwig, M. C. Nussbaum (eds.), Passions and Perceptions: Studies in Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge: CUP, 1993. B. Inwood, J. Mansfeld (eds.), Assent and Argument: Studies in Ciceros Academic Books, Leiden: Brill, 1997. J. Annas, Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Oxford: University of California Press, 1992. J. Brunschwig, Papers in Hellenistic Philosophy, Cambridge: CUP, 1994. G. Striker, Essays on Hellenistic Epistemology and Ethics, Cambridge: CUP, 1996. A. A. Long, Stoic Studies, Cambridge: CUP, 1996. M. Frede, Essays in Ancient Philosophy, Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 1987. M. Burnyeat (ed.), The Skeptical Tradition, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1983. M. Burnyeat, M. Frede (eds.), The Original Sceptics: A Controversy, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997. Stoic Determinism: R. W. Sharples, Cicero: On Fate. Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy, Warminster, Aris&Phillips, 1991. [Reliable translation and commentary, with helpful introduction, to our fundamental source on the topic] S. Bobzien, Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. [The ultimate bible on the topic: a luminous example of what scholarship should be]

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T. Brennan, The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties & Fate, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 235-305. [Clear and enjoyable, with some insightful criticism to Chrysippus compatibilism] M. Frede, The Original Notion of Cause, in M. Schofield, M. Burnyeat, J. Barnes (eds.), Doubt and Dogmatism: Studies in Hellenistic Epistemology, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980, 217-249. [The fundamental study on the Stoic theory of causation] A. A. Long, Freedom and Determinism in the Stoic Theory of Human Action, in A. A. Long (ed.), Problems in Stoicism, 1971, London: Athlone Press, 173-199. [Groundbreaking and admirably clear study on the subject] D. Sedley, Chrysippus on Psychophysical Causality, J. Brunschwig, M. C. Nussbaum (eds.), Passions and Perceptions: Studies in Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge: CUP, 1993, 313-331. [Discusses how our characters and their development are themselves fully predetermined from a Stoic perspective] Epicureans D. Sedley, Epicurus Refutation of Determinism, in Suzetesis: Studi sullepicureismo greco e romano offerti a Marcello Gigante, Napoli: Bibliopolis, 1983, 11-51. [A most interesting discussion of Epicurus arguments against determinism and revisionist interpretation of the role of the swerve; swerves are caused by our emergent free volitions] S. Bobzien, Did Epicurus Discover the Free Will Problem?, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 19 (2000), 287-337. [A fundamental study on the subject; the swerve is not supposed to guarantee freedom to do otherwise] J. Annas, Epicurus on Agency, in J. Brunschwig, M. C. Nussbaum (eds.), Passions and Perceptions: Studies in Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge: CUP, 1993. 53-71. W. G. Englert, Epicurus on the Swerve and Voluntary Action, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1987, 119-151. T. OKeefe, Epicurus on Freedom, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. [A recent scholarly book on the topic]