Ancient Philosophy Bundle (18 vols.)
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle—the founders of Western philosophy—together in a single collection. Revisit Socrates’ trial and defense in the Apology, explore Plato’s theory of the Forms in Phaedo, and engage Aristotle’s reflections on virtue in Nicomachean Ethics. The Ancient Philosophy Bundle features the complete works of Plato and Aristotle as well as the Noet Philosophy Presentation Media—a collection of timelines and quote slides for personal study or teaching aids. Accessible on your mobile device, this bundle is an essential resource for scholars and students of philosophy and classical studies. The bundle comprises two collections:
Plato wrote seminal works on ethics, political theory, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. Many of Western democracy’s core ideas come from his Republic. His works are written as a series of dialogues wherein a number of characters—the chief of which is usually Socrates—discuss various philosophical questions. Both the questions and answers explain Plato’s ideas. These dialogues are the finest examples of the famous Socratic method.
A student of Plato, Aristotle quickly distinguished himself from his teacher by rejecting the theory of Forms, teaching instead that Forms could not be properly understood apart from the physical objects. After tutoring the young Alexander the Great, Aristotle set up his own school, the Lyceum, as a rival to Plato’s Academy. Known as the father of logic, he was the first to establish a system of reasoning and to create classifications for knowledge.
The Ancient Philosophy Bundle equips you with primary texts and media resources to study and share the foundational works of Western thought.
- Complete works of the founders of Western philosophy
- Introductions to each book by the translators
- Comprehensive indexes and explanatory footnotes
- Teaching tools and visual aids from Noet Philosophy Presentation Media
- The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 1
- The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 2
- The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 3
- The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 4
- The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 5
- The Works of Aristotle, vol. 1
- The Works of Aristotle, vol. 2
- The Works of Aristotle, vol. 3
- The Works of Aristotle, vol. 4
Noet Philosophy Presentation Media
- Publication Date: 2013
- Title: Ancient Philosophy Bundle
- Volumes: 18
- Pages: 8,270
About the Authors
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.
Plato wrote works on ethics, politics, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. He is best known for his theory of Forms, the theory that the qualities that define a thing’s existence (redness, beauty) exist in an abstract realm of Forms, separate from matter. Plato believed that what was true, and therefore real, must be unchanging. Because the material world is in a constant state of change it is not true reality but a mere illusion. Plato taught that love is the longing for the Beautiful in its purest, most abstract, form. Consequently, love is what motivates all the highest human achievements.
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.”
Known as the father of logic, Aristotle was the first philosopher to develop a system of reasoning. He was also the first to classify human knowledge into specific disciplines (e.g. mathematics, biology, etc.). He is most famous known for rejecting the platonic theory of Forms, setting up a dichotomy that has dominated philosophy to this day.