History Of Ancient Philosophy
Ancient philosophy, the basis of Western thought and science, evolved in the course of almost one thousand years. In the sixth century BC that process was begun in which we still find ourselves: the attempt at a rational explanation of the world and of man's place in the world. The earliest period until just past the middle of the fifth century BC was economically, socially and politically a period of crises, but at the same time a period which opened up for foreign influences provoking thinkers and poets to seek for some order behind all changes, an order that could be grasped by human thought. They brought earlier thought to a conclusion, created a conceptual apparatus that has left its impress on all subsequent Western philosophy, and assigned man a place in society and the cosmos at the moment when the era of greatness had been lost irretrievably, and the city state was in decay. Still, new philosophical systems were formulated- Epicureanism and Stoicism - and philosophy was still a universal explanation of the world; but the emphasis was on ethics, and it was in this period that philosophy and science began to pursue their own paths.
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. Theories and Practical Experience of Ancient Philosophy of Mind 1 2. History of Philosophy and God's Self-Realization 15 3. Ethics and Politics in Philosophy 27 4. Ancient Philosophy in Rome 67 5. Christian Thought in Ancient Philosophy 115 6. Dialectic of Aggrandizement in Philosophy 143 7. Metaphysics as Esoteric Psychology 157 8. Division of Labour and Communism in Philosophy 169 9. Myth and Problem of Conduct in Ancient Philosophy 185 10. Post-Parmenidean Natural Philosophy and its Impact 199 11. Nature and Impact of Natural Philosophy 231 12. Science and Philosophy in Ancient Time 271 13. Augustine in Ancient Philosophy 295 14. Late Dialogues of Plato's Work 351 15. Communism in Ancient Philosophy 387 16. Rise of Philosophical Communism 401 Bibliography 415 Index 419