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Rist, John M.

Works: 77 works in 446 publications in 5 languages and 14,263 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by John M Rist
Real ethics : reconsidering the foundations of morality by John M Rist( )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 2,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Rist surveys the history of ethics from Plato to the present and offers a vigorous defence of an ethical theory based on a revised version of Platonic realism. In a wide-ranging discussion he examines well-known alternatives to Platonism, in particular--Epicurus, Hobbes, Hume and Kant, as well as contemporary "practical reasoners". His accessible study is enhanced by a strong sense of philosophical history, and will be of interest to students and scholars of ethics
Human value : a study in ancient philosophical ethics by John M Rist( )

13 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's moral realism : the discovery of the presuppositions of ethics by John M Rist( )

13 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stoic philosophy by John M Rist( Book )

44 editions published between 1960 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epicurus; an introduction by John M Rist( Book )

43 editions published between 1972 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plotinus : the road to reality by John M Rist( Book )

43 editions published between 1967 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps because he is strictly neither a classical nor a medieval philosopher, Plotinus' work has been rather reglected in the English-speaking world. The author has rescued him from this relative obscurity and has indicated some of the ways in which he has influenced both Christian and non-Christian philosophers
The Stoics( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of thirteen essays, all especially commissioned for the present volume, an international group of philosophers offer to a wider philosophical public an up-to-date exposition and analysis of the principal philosophical problems that concerned the Stoics
Augustine : ancient thought baptized by John M Rist( Book )

44 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This major work constitutes a significant attempt to provide a detailed and accurate account of the character and effects of Augustine's thought as a whole. It describes the transformation of Greco-Roman philosophy into the version that was to become the most influential in the history of Western thought. Augustine weighed some of the major themes of classical philosophy and ancient culture against the truth he found in the Bible and Catholic tradition, and reformulated these in Christian dress
On inoculating moral philosophy against God by John M Rist( )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eros and Psyche : studies in Plato, Plotinus, and Origen by John M Rist( Book )

22 editions published between 1964 and 1998 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the development of ancient Platonism and of the influence of Greek philosophy on Christian thought. The author examines a number of themes such as Eros, Virtue and Knowledge in the writings of Plato himself, and shows that, in our interpretation of them, we must recognize certain latent contradictions; his successors, however, attempted not always successfully, to form a synthesis of Platonic theory based on the genuinely Platonic motif of the attaining of likeness to God. The author demonstrates that Plato's thought contained within itself unresolved, but philosophically fruitful divergences of opinion on the highest topics: the Good, the nature of love, the aim of the life of virtue. The author suggests that the unity of Plato's thought consists only in certain general beliefs, such as that there are supra-sensible realities and that some aspect of the human soul is immortal. He protests, in passing, against those who look on Plato as the author of a series of tracts: one on the Theory of Forms, one on Aesthetics, another on Statesmanship, and so on."--Jacket
On the independence of Matthew and Mark by John M Rist( Book )

12 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has for long been generally assumed that the relationship between our canonical texts of the Gospels of Mark and Matthew is to be explained in terms of direct literary dependence, either of Matthew on Mark, or of Mark on Matthew. Professor Rist questions this assumption vigourously, and argues that it leads to contradictory and paradoxical conclusions. He replaces the theory of literary dependence with the thesis that Matthew and Mark grew up independently on the basis of a common oral tradition, and supports his view by detailed examination of a large number of parallel passages. The clarity and cogency of the author's argument is in the best tradition of this important series of monographs. In the context of the current resurgence of interest in the Synoptic problem, it will be welcomed by all concerned with the study of the New Testament
What is truth? : from the academy to the Vatican by John M Rist( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book studies the nature, growth and prospects of Roman Catholic culture, viewed as capable of appropriating all that is noble from both internal and external sources. John Rist tests his argument via a number of avenues: man's creation in the image of God and historical difficulties about incorporating women into that vision; the relationship between God's mercy and justice; the possibility of Christian aesthetics; the early development of the see of Rome as the source of an indispensable doctrinal unity for Christian culture; the search for the proper role of the Church in politics." "He also argues that such an understanding of Catholic culture is necessary if contemporary assumptions about inalienable rights and the value of the human person are to be defended. The alternatives are a value-free, individualist universe on the one hand, and a fundamentalist denial of human nature and of history on the other."--Jacket
The mind of Aristotle : a study in philosophical growth by John M Rist( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author attempts to chart Aristotle's philosophical progress, using the techniques of both philology and philosophical analysis. His aim is to see where Aristotle came from philosophically and what impelled him to develop his ideas in particular directions. The first chapter is an overall account of Aristotle's philosophical activities as his life progressed; the remaining sections discuss in detail the development of such key themes as the possibility of metaphysics, activity and potentiality, categories, mind, substance, God, human nature and happiness, and the nature of society, including the proper role for women and the phenomenon of slavery
Augustine deformed : love, sin, and freedom in the western moral tradition by John M Rist( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Augustine established a moral framework that dominated Western culture for more than a thousand years. His partly flawed presentation of some of its key concepts (love, will and freedom), however, prompted subsequent thinkers to attempt to repair this framework, and their efforts often aggravated the very problems they intended to solve. Over time, dissatisfaction with an imperfect Augustinian theology gave way to increasingly secular and eventually impersonal moral systems. This volume traces the distortion of Augustine's thought from the twelfth century to the present and examines its consequent reconstructions. John M. Rist argues that modern philosophies should be recognized as offering no compelling answers to questions about the human condition and as leading inevitably to conventionalism or nihilism. In order to avoid this end, he proposes a return to an updated Augustinian Christianity. Essential reading for anyone interested in Augustine and his influence, Augustine Deformed revitalizes his original conception of love, will and freedom
Platonism and its Christian heritage by John M Rist( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays by John M. Rist deals with Platonism in the Imperial Roman age and with its various and complicated relationships with the growing Christian recognition of the necessity to think
Man, soul, and body : essays in ancient thought from Plato to Dionysius by John M Rist( Book )

14 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On ethics, politics and psychology in the twenty-first century by John M Rist( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Reading Augustine series presents concise, personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religious scholars. John Rist takes the reader through Augustine's ethics, the arguments he made and how he arrived at them, and shows how this moral philosophy remains vital for us today. Rist identifies Augustine's challenge to all ideas of moral autonomy, concentrating especially on his understanding of humility as an honest appraisal of our moral state. He looks at thinkers who accept parts of Augustine's evaluation of the human condition but lapse into bleakness and pessimism since for them God has disappeared. In the concluding parts of the book, Rist suggests how a developed version of Augustine's original vision can be applied to the complexities of modern life while also laying out, on the other hand, what our moral universe would look like without Augustine's contribution to it
The use of Stoic terminology in Philo's Quod deus immutabilis sit 33-50 : protocol of the twenty-third colloquy, 16 May 1976 by Center for Hermeneutical Studies in Hellenistic and Modern Culture( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eros e psyche : studi sulla filosofia di Platone, Plotino e Origene by John M Rist( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in Italian and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Independence of Matthew and Mark by John M Rist( )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Real ethics : reconsidering the foundations of morality
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John M. Rist

Rist, J.M.

Rist J. M. 1936-....

Rist, J. M. (John M.)

Rist, J. M. (John M.), 1936-

Rist, John 1936-

Rist, John M.

Rist, John Michael

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Рист, Дж. М 1936-

English (330)

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Stoic philosophyEpicurus; an introductionPlotinus : the road to realityAugustine : ancient thought baptizedOn inoculating moral philosophy against GodOn the independence of Matthew and MarkWhat is truth? : from the academy to the Vatican