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The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought
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The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought

Christopher Gill

Abstract

This book examines ideas about personality and self in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, and the possible influence of these ideas on Greek and Roman literature. The book is subdivided into three parts. The first part focuses on the question of what is new and distinctive in the Hellenistic philosophical conception of self, especially in Stoicism and Epicureanism. A shared or converging set of ideas (the structured self) is analyzed in these two theories, centred on a combination of radical (Socratic) ethical claims and on psychophysical and psychological holism. This view of selfhood is contr ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Epicureanism, holism, Plato, Platonic-Aristotelian thought, passions, personality, self, Socrates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198152682
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152682.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Gill, author
Professor of Ancient Thought, University of Exeter
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