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Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought

R. J. Hankinson

Abstract

In this book, R. J. Hankinson traces the history of investigation into the nature of cause and explanation, from the beginnings of Ancient Greek philosophy in 600 bc, through the Graeco‐Roman world, to the end of pagan antiquity in c.500 ad The book consists of chapter‐length studies of the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle (two chapters), Atomism, Stoicism, Scepticism, and Neoplatonism, as well as the Sophistic movement, and Ancient Medicine. Hankinson is principally concerned with the following questions: ‘What did the Greeks understand by a cause?’, and ‘How did the Greeks conceive adequacy in ... More

Keywords: Ancient Medicine, Aristotle, Atomism, cause and explanation, fate, freedom and responsibility, mechanical laws, Neoplatonism, Plato, Presocratics, Scepticism, science, Sophistic movement, Stoicism, teleology, the principle of causal synonymy, the principle of sufficient reason

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246564.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. J. Hankinson, author
University of Texas, Austin
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