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Oct. 10th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm request
Could anybody tell whether Aristotle uses a term autopoiesid and if he does then where?
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Jun. 2nd, 2009 @ 04:53 pm doggy stylings
Some time ago I wondered, what Aristotle might have meant by claiming in the Rhetoric 2.24, at 1401a22, that to be without a dog is most dishonorable. My solution arrived Read more...Collapse ) Crossposted to [info]larvatus, [info]linguaphiles, [info]ancient_philo, [info]classicalgreek, and [info]classics.
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Dec. 27th, 2008 @ 01:20 pm A guide to the good life, the ancient art of stoic joy

Time hasn't been good to the philosophy of the stoa, a book has finally arrived to set things right and maybe revive this classical marvel. I highly recommend this to anyone who is into ancient philosophy.

Amazon has a great description
One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives.
In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Readers learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have.
Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows readers how to become thoughtful observers of their own life. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain in our life. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life.

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Apr. 28th, 2006 @ 05:08 pm without a dog
« Sa non-autonomie assumée fait du chien l’être le plus parfait de la création, avec quelques femmes très soumises. … Y a pas que les chiens. Les femmes aussi, c’est gentil. »
— Michel Houellebecq  

As every schoolchild knows, Aristotle’s Rhetoric is a compendium of examples illustrating general principles. In the Rhetoric 2.24, at 1401a22, within his discussion of homonymy or equivocation, Aristotle says that to be without a dog is most dishonorable: Read more...Collapse )
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Apr. 26th, 2006 @ 08:56 pm king nomos
The last and the toughest among Socrates’ adversaries in Plato’s Gorgias, Callicles invokes law the sovereign of all, mortals and immortals, “νόμος ὁ πάντων βασιλεὺς θνατῶν τε καὶ ἀθανάτων”, at 484b-485d. He does so in support of his idea of natural justice, νόμος τῆς φύσεως. Callicles aims to distinguish what is conventionally fouler from what is naturally so. He seeks to undermine the authority of Socrates’ examination of justice by consigning all dialectical pettifoggery to the kindergarten. It is a fitting occupation for a lisping child, but when Callicles sees an elderly man still going on with philosophy and not getting rid of it, that is the man whom he thinks to be in need of a whipping: “ὅταν δὲ δὴ πρεσβύτερον ἴδω ἔτι φιλοσοφοῦντα καὶ μὴ ἀπαλλαττόμενον, πληγῶν μοι δοκεῖ ἤδη δεῖσθαι, ὦ Σώκρατες, οὗτος ὁ ἀνήρ.” Read more...Collapse )
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Dec. 9th, 2005 @ 05:32 pm (no subject)
It's been said that Thomas More considered the Republic when writing "Utopia". Does anyone know of any articles discussing this topic?

Thanks in Advance.
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Fran, Black Books
Sep. 10th, 2005 @ 02:13 pm Destroyed cities
The destruction of cities by war was certainly a common occurrence in the ancient world. I don't know if there were any noted instances of ancient cities being destroyed by floods. Does anyone know if any ancient philosophers (or writers in general) specifically meditated upon the destruction of cities?
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May. 27th, 2005 @ 11:40 am hi
Hello um i was possibly wondering here if anyone is at Leeds University and doing a degree in the religious studies and philosphy faculty. Fingers crossed that i should be doing religious stuides and theology BA there next year.
Could anyone also give me any useful information on Utilitarianism or any good quotes?

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Apr. 25th, 2005 @ 05:28 pm Topics, Discussions, Ideas; Version I
For any that may come here, I will list ideas or topics that you can think on and post your opinion about. You might think some are base, false or stupid: feel free to say why.

Epicureanism: The ancient and original Utilitarianism? Further and a bigger stretch: John Stuart Mill ripped Epicurus? Maybe that doesn't matter at all. Maybe that is progress and revision. Maybe they are not related at all.

More to come.
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