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Ancient Philosophy Research Library (27 vols.)

By 15 authors Logos Research Systems Philo of Alexandria Boethius Jeremy Thompson Elizabeth Licata Peter Venable Sean Boisen Catherine Soanes Plato Michael R. Grigoni Augustine of Hippo Aristotle Charles Duke Yonge Angus Stevenson David M. Davidson / 11 publishers Lexham Press Faithlife Hendrickson Harvard University Press William Heinemann Oxford University Press Macmillan and Co. Clarendon Press Noet Scholarly Ebooks G. P. Putnam’s Sons Macmillan Co. Lexham Press,
Harvard University Press,
William Heinemann,
Oxford University Press,
Macmillan and Co.,
Clarendon Press,
Noet Scholarly Ebooks,
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,
Macmillan Co.
/ 1892–2016


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The Dialogues of Plato

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 2,899

Philosopher and mathematician A.N. Whitehead once claimed that “the safest general characterization of European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” It is difficult to disagree with him. Plato wrote seminal works on ethics, political theory, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. His concept of forms went on to have a great influence on Christian theology in the post-Apostolic period. Many of the ideas that form the basis for Western democracy come from his Republic.

Plato’s works are written as a series of dialogues wherein a number of characters (the chief of which is usually Socrates) discuss various philosophical questions. By both their questions and their answers, the characters explain Plato’s various ideas. Plato’s 25-plus dialogues are the best-known use of the Socratic method—that is, the use of dialogue in teaching. The Dialogues of Plato contains all the dialogues commonly attributed to Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett.

Plato is one of those world-famed individuals, his philosophy one of those world-renowned creations, whose influence, as regards the culture and development of the mind, has from its commencement down to the present time been all-important.

—G.W.F. Hegel

The extraordinary range of Plato’s interests and his formidable command of the Greek language and cultural tradition make him appear as the inventor of philosophy, and make classical Athens appear as its birthplace.

—Pedro de Blas

Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Plato (427–347 BC) was born in Athens to an aristocratic family. A student of Socrates until the latter’s death, he also studied the works of Herculitus, Parmenides, and the Pythagoreans. Following the death of Socrates, Plato spent a number of years travelling around the Mediterranean. He eventually returned to Athens and founded a school of philosophy called the Academy (named for the field in which it was located), where he later taught Aristotle.

Benjamin Jowett (1817–1893) was born in Camberwell, London, to a family of evangelical Anglicans. He attended Balliol College at Oxford University, graduating with first class honors in 1839. Jowett became the Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford in 1855 and Master of Balliol College in 1870. He became vice-chancellor of the university in 1882. In addition to his translation of Plato, Jowett wrote The Epistles of St. Paul.

The Works of Aristotle (12 vols.)

  • Author: Aristotle
  • Editors: J.A. Smith and W.D. Ross
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Volumes: 12
  • Pages: 5,371

It is impossible to overstate Aristotle’s importance in the development of Western thought. A student of Plato, Aristotle quickly distinguished himself from his teacher by rejecting the theory of forms—the belief that the characteristics of any physical thing (roundness, redness) exist apart from it in an abstract realm of forms. Aristotle taught that forms could not be properly understood apart from the physical objects. After a five-year period tutoring the young Alexander the Great, Aristotle set up his own school, the Lyceum, as a rival to Plato’s Academy.

Aristotle is known as the father of logic. He was the first thinker to establish a system of reasoning. One of his best-known rules of logic is the syllogism: for example, “All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is mortal.” Aristotle was also the first thinker to create classifications for knowledge (e.g. mathematics, poetry, etc.).

Individual Titles:

  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 1 translated by E.M. Edghill, A.J. Jenkinson, G.R.G. Mure, and W.A. Pickard-Cambridge
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 2 translated by R.P. Hardie, R.K. Gaye, J.L. Stocks, and H.H. Joachim
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 3 translated by E.W. Webster, E.S. Forster, J.A. Smith, J.I. Beare, G.R.T. Ross, and J.F. Dobson
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 4 translated by J.A. Smith and W.D. Ross
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 5 translated by William Ogle, A.S.L. Farquharson, and Arthur Platt
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 6 translated by T. Loveday, E.S. Forster, L.D. Dowdall, and H.H. Joachim
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 7 translated by E.S. Forster
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 8 translated by J.A. Smith and W.D. Ross
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 9 translated by W.D. Ross, St. George Stock, and J. Solomon
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 10 translated by Benjamin Jowett, E.S. Forster, and Sir Frederic G. Kenyon
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 11 translated by W. Rhys Robers, E.S. Forster, and Ingram Bywater
  • Works of Aristotle, vol. 12 translated by W.D. Ross
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Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was born in the Greek colony of Stagirus, on the coast of Thrace. When he was 17, Aristotle went to Athens, where he studied under Plato at the Academy for 20 years. Following the death of Plato, and due to Aristotle's divergence from platonic ideas, Aristotle left the Academy. He was later hired by Philip of Macedonia as a tutor for his son, Alexander (who would grow up to become Alexander the Great). After tutoring Alexander for five years, Aristotle returned to Athens and founded the Lyceum as a rival to Plato’s Academy. Because he was in the practice of walking while he taught, his followers became known as peripatetics, a Greek word meaning “to walk about.”

The Works of Philo

  • Authors: Charles Duke Yonge and Philo of Alexandria
  • Publisher: Hendrickson
  • Publication Date: 1993, 1996
  • Pages: 924

Complete and unabridged, this updated version of The Works of Philo is the most complete one-volume edition of the writings of Philo. Here in translation by the eminent classicist, C.D. Yonge, this edition provides easy access to writing crucial for historians and students of Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity.

Charles Duke Yonge (1812–1891) was an English historian and classicist. Educated at Oxford, he became regius professor of modern history at Queen’s College, Belfast. He is the author of a number of historical works, and also translated several classical works.

Augustine’s Confessions and Select Letters

  • Author: Augustine of Hippo
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,482

Augustine of Hippo is one of the most important thinkers for Western theology and philosophy. His understanding of the self, of sin, of redemption, and of sanctification set the tone for all subsequent theology. Even those who disagree with him must still interact with the effects of his thought. St. Augustine’s Confessions introduced the idea of the inner self to the world. It was the first work that struggled to understand the inner life—the life of the mind. Its place at the beginning of the development of the autobiography is undeniable. This collection’s other work, Select Letters, contains 62 of Augustine’s letters, showing the various troubles of Augustine’s time and how the great bishop dealt with them.

Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) was born in Thagaste, Numidia, in Northern Africa. He studied rhetoric in Carthage when he was 17. As an adult, Augustine abandoned the Christianity of his youth to pursue Manichaeism. Through his Manichaen connections, Augustine became professor of rhetoric at the imperial court of Milan. While in Milan, Augustine was heavily influenced by the bishop of Milan, Ambrose. Influenced by Ambrose and by the biography of St. Anthony, Augustine began exploring Christianity and eventually reconverted. He was baptized in 387 and returned to Africa. There he was ordained and became a well-known preacher and apologist for the Christian faith. He was eventually made bishop of Hippo, an office he held until his death in 430.

Boethius’ Theological Tractates and Consolation of Philosophy

  • Author: Boethius
  • Translators: H.F. Stewart and E.K. Rand
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: William Hienemann
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 424

In this two-volume collection, Boethius demonstrates his prowess as both the last of the Roman philosophers and the first of the scholastic theologians. The Theological Tractates, a well-referenced theological work, displays characteristics of his professional background as a consul. The Consolation of Philosophy was written while Boethius was in jail and soon to be executed. This work is a more personal display of Boethius’ philosophical beliefs and covers his views on fortune, death, and other issues. Boethius clearly defines the intent of his philosophical work as an attempt to explain the nature of the world around us, while the purpose of his theological work is to understand doctrines of divine revelation. With this work, Boethius was able to prepare the way for the coordination of faith and reason in the thirteenth century.

Boethius (480–524) was brought up in the household of one of the richest and most venerable aristocrats of the time, Symmachus. He married Symmachus’ daughter and pursued a typical career for a senatorial scion of the time, alternating between ceremonial public office and private leisure.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 11th Edition

  • Editors: Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 1,728

Authoritative and up to date, this eleventh edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary contains over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions, including 900 new words. It offers rich vocabulary coverage, with full treatment of World English, rare, historical, and archaic terms, as well as scientific and technical vocabulary, and provides hundreds of helpful notes on grammar and usage.

This mini-edition of a giant known as the OED claims to pack the authority of the original into a handy size ideal for use in schools, offices, and at home.

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Noet Philosophy Presentation Media

  • Publication Date: 2013

Noet Philosophy Presentation Media is a collection of timelines and quote slides for use as personal study tools or teaching aids. Add visual interest and key information to any philosophy presentation.

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