John Marshall’s A brief heritage of Greek Philosophy spans the time among Thales of Milete up until the Stoics, masking university of Miletes (Thales et al), Pythagoras, The Eleatics (Xenophanes et al), The Atomists, The sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, The Sceptics and Epicureans and Zeno and the Stoics.
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Nonetheless will the everlasting, fruitful, innovative religion of guy ‘look to the end’; nonetheless will the correct be robust to plead for the painful correct, and wreck, even within the tasting, the friendly mistaken. The doctrine, after all, like any doctrine worthy something, was once driven to extravagant lengths, and thrust into irrelevant quarters, through silly doctrinaires. As that the clever guy is the one orator, critic, poet, health professional, nay, cobbler when you please; that the clever guy is aware all that's to be recognized, and will do every little thing that's worthy doing, etc. the college used to be frequently too educational, too summary, too keen on listening to itself speak. This, regrettably! is what most colleges are, and such a lot schoolmasters. but the Stoics weren't altogether alien to the standard pursuits and tasks of existence. They admitted an obligation of co-operating in politics, at the very least in such states as confirmed a few wish for, or method of, advantage. They authorized of the clever guy enjoying schooling, of his marrying and citing teenagers, either for his personal sake and his country’s. he'll be prepared even to ‘withdraw himself from lifestyles on behalf of his state or his associates. This ‘withdrawal,’ which was once their be aware for suicide, got here unhappily to be a lot within the mouths of later, and particularly of the Roman, Stoics, who, within the disappointment and reticence of triumphing despotism, got here to thank God that nobody was once pressured to stay in lifestyles; he may well ‘withdraw’ whilst the weight of lifestyles, the hopelessness of worthy job, grew to become too nice. With this unhappy, stern, but now not undignified observe, the philosophy of Greece speaks its final note. The later scepticism of the hot Academy, directed commonly to a detrimental feedback of the crude adequate common sense of the Stoics, or of the extravagances in their moral doctrine, contributed no enormous point to idea or morals. As an eclectic process it had a lot style, facet by way of aspect with Stoicism and Epicureanism, one of the Romans, having as its leader exponent Cicero, as Epicureanism had Lucretius, and Stoicism, Seneca. the typical attribute of some of these platforms of their later advancements, is their cosmopolitanism. Homo sum, nil humani a me alienum puto, ‘I am a guy; not anything appertaining to humanity do I deem alien from myself,’ this was once the real keynote of no matter what used to be very important in any of them. And the explanation of this isn't a ways to hunt. we've seen already (p. eighty two) how the chaos of sophistic doctrine used to be principally conditioned, if no longer produced, by means of the breakdown of the previous civic lifetime of Greece. the method not often suffered hold up from the entire efforts of Socrates and Plato. Cosmopolitanism was once already some degree of union among the Cynics and Cyrenaics (see p. 128). And the march of politics was once regularly tending within the related path. First via nice leagues, akin to the Spartan or Athenian or Theban, every one with a most important or tyrannical urban on the head; then later throughout the conquest of Greece through Alexander, and the leaguing of all Greek-speaking peoples within the nice invasion of Asia; then in the course of the unfold of Greek letters all around the japanese global, and the inflow upon Greek centres reminiscent of Athens and Alexandria, of all demeanour of international intelligences; and at last, during the conquest of all this teeming international of tradition through the self-discipline and sensible skill of Rome, and its incorporation in a common empire of legislation, the entire boundaries which had divided urban from urban and tribe from tribe and race from race disappeared, and just a universal humanity remained.