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From Protagoras to Aristotle:
Essays in Ancient Moral Philosophy
Heda Segvic
Edited by Myles Burnyeat with an introduction by Charles Brittain

Hardcover | 2008 | $67.50 | £56.95 | ISBN: 9780691131238
216 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4
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This is a collection of the late Heda Segvic's papers in ancient moral philosophy. At the time of her death at age forty-five in 2003, Segvic had already established herself as an important figure in ancient philosophy, making bold new arguments about the nature of Socratic intellectualism and the intellectual influences that shaped Aristotle's ideas. Segvic had been working for some time on a monograph on practical knowledge that would interpret Aristotle's ethical theory as a response to Protagoras. The essays collected here are those on which her reputation rests, including some that were intended to form the backbone of her projected monograph. The papers range from a literary study of Homer's influence on Plato's Protagoras to analytic studies of Aristotle's metaphysics and his ideas about deliberation. Most of the papers reflect directly or indirectly Segvic's idea that both Socrates' and Aristotle's universalism and objectivism in ethics could be traced back to their opposition to Protagorean relativism. The book represents the considerable achievements of one of the most talented scholars of ancient philosophy of her generation.


"Whatever their state of completion, Segvic's papers shed new light on ancient texts and offer new perspectives on practical rationality. They also give those of us who did not know Segvic an appreciation of the loss that we all suffered when illness and then death prevented her from developing and sharing her many insights."--Jyl Gentzler, POLIS


"This is highly intelligent, original, and sophisticated work; it deserves to be widely read."--Rachel Barney, University of Toronto

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction-Charles Brittain ix
Chapter One: Protagoras’ Political Art 3
Chapter Two: Homer in Plato's Protagoras 28
Chapter Three: No One Errs Willingly: The Meaning of Socratic Intellectualism 47
Chapter Four: Aristotle on the Varieties of Goodness 89
Chapter Five: Aristotle's Metaphysics of Action 111
Chapter Six: Deliberation and Choice in Aristotle 144
Chapter Seven: Review of Roger Crisp, Translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 175
Chapter Eight: Two or Three Things We Know about Socrates 181
Indixes 187

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