Ancient Greek philosophy has been criticised, for example by the late Bernard Williams, for emphasising the universal at the expense of the particular. Six leading scholars consider what the Greeks themselves, from Plato to the period of the Roman Empire, had to say on this issue in the contexts of ethics, psychology, metaphysics and cosmology. Ancient views are compared with modern ones, and the influence of the former on the latter is considered.
Robert W. Sharples is Professor Emeritus of Classics at University College London. His own publications relate chiefly to the Peripatetic tradition in antiquity after Aristotle himself; he was one of the principal editors of
Theophrastus: Sources (Brill, 1992) and contributed two subsequent commentary volumes (1995, 1998); he has published extensively on Alexander of Aphrodisias, and has a sourcebook on
Peripatetic Philosophy 200 BC - AD 200 in press with Cambridge.
Contributors include Christopher Gill, Verity Harte, Angela Hobbs, Carlo Natali, Marwan Rashed, Robert Wardy.
Academic libraries; specialists and advanced students in ancient philosophy, and philosophers with an interest in how ancient philosophy relates to contemporary issues