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Calling Philosophers Names: On the Origin of a Discipline

Christopher Moore


This book provides a fresh account of the origins of the term philosophos or “philosopher” in ancient Greece. Tracing the evolution of the word's meaning over its first two centuries, the book shows how it first referred to aspiring political sages and advice-givers, then to avid conversationalists about virtue, and finally to investigators who focused on the scope and conditions of those conversations. Questioning the familiar view that philosophers from the beginning “loved wisdom” or merely “cultivated their intellect,” the book shows that they were instead mocked as laughably unrealistic f ... More

Keywords: ancient Greece, philosophos, early Greek philosophy, philosophoi, philosophers, early philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691195056
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Moore, author
Pennsylvania State University