By Lawrence C. Becker, Charlotte B. Becker
This newly revised and up to date variation of A heritage of Western Ethics is a coherent and available evaluation of an important figures and influential principles of the heritage of ethics within the Western philosophical culture.
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Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990. Moral and Political Essays. Procope. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989. See for Roman Stoics. Alleyne. London, 1883. The only comprehensive history, in one volume, of the material; seriously dated. SCOTT DAVIS “Medieval” and its cognates arose as terms of opprobrium, used by the Italian humanists to characterize more a style than an age. Hence it is difficult at best to distinguish late antiquity from the early middle ages.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. Includes complete translation. Leiden: Brill, 1985. Dobbin, R. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. A Commentary on Cicero, “De officiis”Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1966. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1967. The best introduction in English to the Roman ethical tradition. Epictetus. The Discourses of Epictetus. London: Dent, 1995. Foucault, Michel. Technologies of the Self. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988. See especially for the contributions of the Roman Stoics.
Augustine, Boethius, and, to a lesser degree, Gregory were all thinkers of power and originality; Isidore of Seville (c. 560–636) was not. Nonetheless, his Etymologiae brings together a remarkable amount of information in an atmosphere dominated by the thought of Augustine and Gregory. Isidore created the preeminent encyclopedia of the early Middle Ages, and in so doing made available for generations not merely a body of arcane and often amusing lore, but definitions of basic ethical concepts as well.