Retrieving the Ancients (Paperback)

An Introduction to Greek Philosophy

By David Roochnik

Wiley-Blackwell, 9781405108621, 246pp.

Publication Date: June 18, 2004

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Hardcover (6/18/2004)

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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.

About the Author

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.