The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which a constant note is that of discussion and argument. Method in Ancient Philosophy brings together on a broad subject of central importance. It is characteristic of human beings that they direct their activities by reasoning, but methods of reasoning, even towards the same ends, vary. The views of the ancient Greeks have had considerable influence upon our own assumptions about the demarcations between different kinds of enquiry and the sorts of methods that are appropriate for them. This book aims to introduce readers to some ancient debates and to get them to engage with the ancient developments of some themes. The book aims to give readers a sense of the freshness and liveliness of ancient philosophy, and of its wide variety of themes and styles.
D M Singh
D M Singh is an eminent poet, critic and scholar of philosophy. He did his MA (Philosophy and Literature) and has a sound knowledge of Hindi. Sanskrit, and Bengali. Intilally he joined as a Lecturer and later on associated himself with social welfare, art and cultural organizations. He has been associated with various journals and dailies as their literary critic and has also edited some works of eminent scholars. He has attend various local and national seminars on art culture and literature.
CONTENTS Preface v 1. Ancient Philosophy and Its Impact 1 2. Desire's Hunger and Plato's Ideas 17 3. Socratic Methods in Philosophy 51 4. Assumptions about Knowledge and Scepticism 91 5. Invention of Logic by Aristotle 109 6. Dialectic and Philosophy in Aristotle 129 7. Aristotle and Moral Education in Philosophy 145 8. Aristotle and The Uses of Logic in Philosophy 167 9. Philo's Plans for Program in Philosophy 187 10. Plato's Apologies and Socrates in Ancient Philosophy 247 Bibliography 271 Index 277