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Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus

John M. Cooper


This is a major reinterpretation of ancient philosophy that recovers the long Greek and Roman tradition of philosophy as a complete way of life—and not simply an intellectual discipline. The book traces how, for many ancient thinkers, philosophy was not just to be studied or even used to solve particular practical problems. Rather, philosophy—not just ethics but even logic and physical theory—was literally to be lived. Yet there was great disagreement about how to live philosophically: philosophy was not one but many, mutually opposed, ways of life. Examining this tradition from its establishm ... More

Keywords: ancient philosophy, ethics, logic, physical theory, Socratic life, Aristotelian life, Stoic life, Epicurean life, Skeptic life, Platonist life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691138602
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691138602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Cooper, author
Princeton University