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by David Roochnik

  • ISBN: 1405108614
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: David Roochnik
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (June 18, 2004)
  • Pages: 248
  • ePub book: 1997 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1251 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 573

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Retrieving the Ancients is amuch-needed primer for teaching undergraduates the value of earlyphilosophy.

Retrieving the Ancients is amuch-needed primer for teaching undergraduates the value of earlyphilosophy. Daryl McGowan Tress, Fordham University. Journalof Classics Teaching.

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This book is a great introduction to Greek philosophy. That said, this book is ONLY an introduction to the topic. This book is a great introduction to Greek philosophy. I have little formal education in the subject, but from my own previous reading and knowledge I was able to easily grasp the concepts the author presented.

David Roochnik (born 1951) is an American philosopher and the Maria . Retrieving the Ancients: An Introduction to Greek Philosophy (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004).

David Roochnik (born 1951) is an American philosopher and the Maria Stata professor of philosophy at Boston University. After completing his doctorate degree at Pennsylvania State University in 1995, Professor Roochnik taught at Iowa State University and Williams College. In his 1991 book, The Tragedy of Reason, Professor Roochnik presents an interpretation of the historical evolution of reason, or logos, as an ongoing quarrel. One camp, represented by Cleitophon, is impatient with reason's failure to culminate in a teachable techne.

Retrieving the Ancients tells the story of the first philosophers in the West. A clear and engaging introduction to ancient Greek philosophy. Tells the story of the first philosophers in the West, from Thales to Aristotle. Has a strong sense of narrative drive. Treats the history of ancient Greek philosophy dialectically, as a conversation in which each thinker responds to and moves beyond his predecessors. Argues that the works of the ancients are as valuable today as ever.

Books: Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis. Retrieving the Ancients: An Introduction to Greek Philosophy.

Roochnik is the author of thirty-five articles on Greek philosophy, Greek literature, rhetoric ancient and modern, post-modernism, and the nature of philosophy. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NEH and the Earhart Foundation. He is also invited to give the inaugeral lecture of the Ancient Philosophy Society in Eugene, Oregon, October 7, 1999. Books: Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis. State University of New York Press, 2013. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. Beautiful City: The Dialectical Character of Plato’s Republic. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. David Roochnik is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His previous publications Of Art and Wisdom: Plato’s Understanding of Techne (1996) and Beautiful City: The Dialectical Character of Plato’s Republic (2003). In addition to his scholarly work in the field of ancient Greek philosophy, he has also published a short story and has recently completed a novel.

Retrieving the Ancients : An Introduction to Greek Philosophy. By (author) David Roochnik. His previous publications Of Art and Wisdom: Plato's Understanding of Techne (1996) and Beautiful City: The Dialectical Character of Plato's Republic (2003).

A clear and engaging introduction to ancient Greek philosophy.

Retrieving the Ancients tells the story of the firstphilosophers in the West. A clear and engaging introduction to ancient Greekphilosophy.Tells the story of the first philosophers in the West, fromThales to Aristotle.Has a strong sense of narrative drive.Treats the history of ancient Greek philosophy dialectically,as a conversation in which each thinker responds to and movesbeyond his predecessors.Argues that the works of the ancients are as valuable today asever.

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Heri Heri
This is a really good book for those wanting to gain an understanding of the early Western ideas of philosophy. Roochnik guides the reader from the "founders" in the so-called Milesian School all the way through to Aristotle. Having read Plato earlier in life, it was quite interesting to learn how the dialectic that culminated in Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy initially formed in the Pre-Socratic days of Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and others. I'm especially fascinated with Heraclitus and his idea of flux...the perpetual becoming of all things. This idea is also presented in the Buddhist doctrine of annica, which outlines reality as fundamentally impermanent and indeed, in continuous motion and change.

Roochnik goes on to describe the many additional thoughts that grew out of the early naturalist ideas that were themselves responses to the mythic framework that had been at the forefront of Greek culture for centuries. A great deal of the contemplation surrounded notions of the arche, or First Principle, of the world and all creation. The naturalists of the Milesian School looked to the elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to find the foundation of all things, while other philosophers posited an "unmoved mover".

The ancient Greek thinkers offer a great view of our earliest inklings of higher thought as a species and the intellectual steps taken to arrive at the epistemological foundation that would ultimately lead to science as we know it today. In my opinion, Retrieving the Ancients is an excellent introduction to this area of study.
Keath Keath
This is an excellent introduction to philosophy, accessible to the layperson. Roochnik's dialectial style (where one view is presented, followed by it's opposite) weaves a great narrative of how philosophy changed from the Presocratics to Aristotle. I think this is a great way to teach philosophy... by showing how it contrasts with what came before.

I would advise the reader not to dismiss offhand the views of the Ancients because of their lack of scientific knowledge. Read about what they thought and why, given what they knew at the time. The Presocratics' purely philosophical reasonings led to a worldview very similar to the modern scientific one. Take Democritus for example who came up with atomic hypothesis.
Biaemi Biaemi
Simply one of the best books available on the early Greek philosophers. Roochnik also explains the fact that Plato was trying to grapple with many of the same questions that the early Greeks raised about being and problem of change. Roochnik simply explains this group of philosophers better than anyone I am familiar with.
Anayanis Anayanis
This book is a great introduction to Greek philosophy. That said, this book is ONLY an introduction to the topic. I have little formal education in the subject, but from my own previous reading and knowledge I was able to easily grasp the concepts the author presented. I would highly recommend this book to someone somewhat familiar with the history of philosophy who wanted to brush up or improve upon their knowledge of a particular period in philosophy and it's relevance to today. I bought this book with the intention of firming up my understanding of Greek philosophy and this book is great for that purpose.
Xal Xal
This is an excellent overview of Greek philosophy up through Aristotle. Easy to read and understand, logically flowing, and concise. It focuses more on Aristotle and Plato, because they were the main attraction. It also shows the progression from the first Greek philosopher right up through this dynamic duo.
Moonworm Moonworm
This is an exceptional introduction to Greek philosophy. Reading this book, one begins to grasp why so many people have passionately insisted that philosophy is worthwhile. If you are interested in Greek philosophy, or philosophy in general, but don’t know where to begin, then begin with this book.
Zavevidi Zavevidi
Excellent book and a great seller.
Had to read this for class it was interesting glad it’s over though