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Big Ideas from Ancient Greece

Big Ideas from Ancient Greece

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Big Ideas from Ancient Greece

Length:
41 pages
23 minutes
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Released:
Oct 7, 2019
ISBN:
9781916201521
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Big Ideas from Ancient Greece offers a short introduction to the world of ancient Greek philosophy from the perspective of a contemporary theologian.

 

Ancient Greece is widely regarded as the birthplace of Western philosophy. Many of the ideas expounded by the philosophers of that day went on to shape modern scientific and philosophical thought — everything from atomic theory to speculations about the afterlife.

 

In this insightful look at twelve of the most important figures from antiquity, British philosopher-theologian Steven Colborne sizes up Socrates and analyses Aristotle, offering a contemporary perspective on some of the most amazing philosophical ideas of all time.

 

The book explores fascinating questions such as: Is everything made of water? Do ideas exist in reality? What are God's attributes? Can we really know anything?

 

Whether you're a seasoned philosopher or just a curious amateur, you'll be gripped by Colborne's profound yet accessible reflections. Big Ideas from Ancient Greece is destined to become a textbook introduction to the enduringly fascinating world of ancient Greek thought.

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Oct 7, 2019
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Big Ideas from Ancient Greece - Steven Colborne

Big Ideas from Ancient Greece

BIG IDEAS FROM ANCIENT GREECE

STEVEN COLBORNE

Tealight Books

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BIG IDEAS from ANCIENT GREECE

Copyright © 2019 by Steven Colborne

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No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the author, except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.


ISBN:

978-1-9162015-1-4 (Paperback)

978-1-9162015-2-1 (Kindle)

CONTENTS

Introduction

1. Is Everything Made of Water?

2. Reality as Numbers

3. A God Unlike His Creatures

4. Rivers of Change

5. Do Ideas Exist in Reality?

6. Infinite Wisdom

7. Can We Know Anything?

8. A Realm of Forms

9. All Things Have Purpose

10. The Theory of Atoms

11. God and Hedonism

12. A Radical Philosopher

Closing Remarks

About the Author

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Also by Steven Colborne

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Big Ideas from Ancient Greece, a short book in which you’ll find bite-sized snapshots of twelve of the most significant figures in ancient Greek philosophy.

As you read this book, you’ll be taken on a journey from the presocratic philosophers, to the Eleatics, to the Academics, and although we will reflect only briefly upon each philosopher, I believe there will be plenty within these pages to get readers thinking philosophically — including those who are new to this subject area.

At the beginning of each chapter, I provide a little biographical information in relation to the philosopher under consideration. I then describe a single ‘big idea’ espoused by that philosopher, before finally offering a few reflections on that idea from my own philosophical perspective. I have studied Philosophy and Religion at postgraduate level, and have spent much of my adult life grappling with all

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