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Reason and Analysis in Ancient Greek Philosophy

Essays in Honor of David Keyt

  • Georgios Anagnostopoulos
  • Fred D. Miller Jr.

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 120)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Georgios Anagnostopoulos, Fred D. Miller Jr.
    Pages 1-9
  3. David Keyt
    Pages 11-44
  4. Thomas C. Brickhouse, Nicholas D. Smith
    Pages 45-53
  5. Jean Roberts
    Pages 55-66
  6. Merrill Ring
    Pages 91-108
  7. Nils Ch. Rauhut
    Pages 109-123
  8. Allan Silverman
    Pages 125-145
  9. C. D. C. Reeve
    Pages 147-170
  10. Gerasimos Santas
    Pages 171-195
  11. Mark L. McPherran
    Pages 197-209
  12. Christopher Shields
    Pages 211-230
  13. S. Marc Cohen
    Pages 231-242
  14. Cass Weller
    Pages 271-283
  15. Fred D. Miller Jr.
    Pages 285-307
  16. Charles M. Young
    Pages 309-316
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 317-329

About this book


This distinctive collection of original articles features contributions from many of the leading scholars of ancient Greek philosophy.  They explore the concept of reason and the method of analysis and the central role they play in the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.   They engage with salient themes in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political theory, as well as tracing links between each thinker’s ideas on selected topics.

The volume contains analyses of Plato’s Socrates, focusing on his views of moral psychology, the obligation to obey the law, the foundations of politics, justice and retribution, and Socratic virtue. On Plato’s Republic, the discussions cover the relationship between politics and philosophy, the primacy of reason over the soul’s non-rational capacities, the analogy of the city and the soul, and our responsibility for choosing how we live our own lives. The anthology also probes Plato’s analysis of logos (reason or language) which underlies his philosophy including the theory of forms. A quartet of reflections explores Aristotelian themes including the connections between knowledge and belief, the nature of essence and function, and his theories of virtue and grace. 

The volume begins with an intellectual memoir by David Keyt that recounts his adventures as a philosopher and scholar during the rise of analytic classical scholarship in the past century. Along the way, Keyt relates entertaining anecdotes involving major figures in modern academic philosophy. Blending academic authority with creative flair and demonstrating the continuing interest of ancient Greek philosophy, this book will be a valuable addition to the libraries of all those studying and researching the origins of Western philosophy.


Aristoteles Aristotle Knowledge Belief Aristotle Reason Philosophy Aristotle Virtue Reason Classical Greek Analytical Philosophy Classical Greek Philosophy Greek Philosophy Philosophy Classical Greek Plato Logos Theory of Forms Reason Analysis Reason Analysis Plato Reason Analysis Socrates Reason Epistemology Reason Ethics Classical Reason Metaphysics Reason Philosophy Reason Republic Plato Reason political

Editors and affiliations

  • Georgios Anagnostopoulos
    • 1
  • Fred D. Miller Jr.
    • 2
  1. 1.San Diego, Department of PhilosophyUniversity of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA
  2. 2., Social Philosophy and Policy CenterBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reason and Analysis in Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Honor of David Keyt
  • Editors Georgios Anagnostopoulos
    Fred D. Miller Jr.
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Philosophical Studies Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-6003-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9356-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-6004-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 329
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Classical Philosophy
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


"These essays in honor of David Keyt exemplify the virtues that he himself has brought to bear on the study of ancient Greek philosophy: precision in the formulation of problems, together with ingenuity and originality in offering solutions. His autobiographical essay is a marvelous reminiscence of a rich, varied, and productive life in academia." Professor Richard Kraut, Northwestern University

 "In his long life in philosophy, David Keyt’s original, rigorous and provocative work has ranged from Aristotle’s and Plato’s metaphysics to their ethical and political thought. In this correspondingly wide-ranging collection his colleagues, friends and former students honor his notable contributions to all these fields in an outstanding collection of essays." Professor Julia Annas, University of Arizona

  “This an excellent collection of the work of students and colleagues of Professor David Keyt covering a broad range of important work on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The papers are easily accessible to readers interested in ancient Greek philosophy and advance the debate in their respective topics. They demonstrate the quality and breadth of Professor Keyt’s extraordinary scholarly career.”  Professor Hugh H. Benson, University of Oklahoma

 "A fitting tribute to David Keyt. Anyone interested in Socrates, Plato, or Aristotle will find in it material well worth reading." Professor Norman Dahl, University of Minnesota