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Sorabji, Richard

Works: 124 works in 740 publications in 2 languages and 19,069 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Bibliography  Interviews  Miscellanea  Sources  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Translator
Classifications: B485, 185
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Most widely held works about Richard Sorabji
Most widely held works by Richard Sorabji
Time, creation, and the continuum : theories in antiquity and the early Middle Ages by Richard Sorabji( Book )

35 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle on memory by Richard Sorabji( Book )

32 editions published between 1972 and 2006 in English and Czech and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Necessity, cause, and blame : perspectives on Aristotle's theory by Richard Sorabji( Book )

37 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A discussion of Aristotle's thought on determinism and culpability, Necessity, Cause, and Blame also reveals Richard Sorabji's own philosophical commitments. He makes the original argument here that Aristotle separates the notions of necessity and cause, rejecting both the idea that all events are necessarily determined as well as the idea that a non-necessitated event must also be non-caused. In support of this argument, Sorabji engages in a wide-ranging discussion of explanation, time, free will, essence, and purpose in nature. He also provides historical perspective, arguing that these problems remain intimately bound up with modern controversies. 'Original and important ... The book relates Aristotle's discussions to both the contemporary debates on determinism and causation and the ancient ones. It is especially detailed on Stoic arguments about necessity ... and on the social and legal background to Aristotle's thought.'"--Bloomsbury Publishing
The ethics of war : shared problems in different traditions by Richard Sorabji( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

9/11 and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq left many people baffled and concerned. This book traces how different cultures involved in these conflicts have addressed similar problems over the centuries. It addresses various issues including asymmetric war, preventive war, human rights and humanitarian intervention
Emotion and peace of mind : from Stoic agitation to Christian temptation by Richard Sorabji( Book )

43 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Sorabji presents a study of ancient Greek views of the emotions and their influence on subsequent theories and attitudes, pagan and Christian. The central focus of the book is the Stoics, but Sorabji draws on a vast range of texts to give a rich historical survey of how Western thinking about this central aspect of human nature developed." "Stoicism is not, Sorabji makes clear, about gritting your teeth. It can successfully banish stress by showing you how to assess your situation differently. But there were rival views, that emotional stress depends on irrational forces in the mind, or, as modern brain research explains, physical forces in the body, so that changing your assessment is only sometimes effective. The debate also concerns the different roles of philosophy, music, and the arts in calming stress." "Orthodox Stoics marginalized as mere side-effects the initial agitations which they could not treat. In Christianity we see how one culture can transform another. Sorabji shows how the Christians turned the Stoic theory of initial agitations into a theory of initial temptations and devised new techniques to combat what came to be called the seven cardinal sins." "Emotion and Peace of Mind is a magisterial work of scholarship which will be fascinating for anyone with an interest in the emotions from a historical or contemporary perspective."--Jacket
Animal minds and human morals : the origins of the Western debate by Richard Sorabji( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"They don't have syntax, so we can eat them." According to Richard Sorabji, this conclusion attributed to the Stoic philosophers was based on Aristotle's argument that animals lack reason. In his fascinating, deeply learned book, Sorabji traces the roots of our thinking about animals back to Aristotelian and Stoic beliefs. Charting a recurrent theme in ancient philosophy of mind, he shows that today's controversies about animal rights represent only the most recent chapter in millennia-old debates. Sorabji surveys a vast range of Greek philosophical texts and considers how classical discussions of animals' capacities intersect with central questions, not only in ethics but in the definition of human rationality as well: the nature of concepts; how perceptions differ from beliefs; how memory, intention, and emotion relate to reason; and to what extent speech, skills, and inference can serve as proofs of reason. Focusing on the significance of ritual sacrifice and the eating of meat, he explores religious contexts of the treatment of animals in ancient Greece and in medieval Western Christendom. He also looks closely at the contemporary defenses of animal rights offered by Peter Singer, Tom Regan, and Mary Midgley. Animal Minds and Human Morals sheds new light on traditional arguments surrounding the status of animals while pointing beyond them to current moral dilemmas. It will be crucial reading for scholars and students in the fields of ancient philosophy, ethics, history of philosophy, classics, and medieval studies, and for everyone seriously concerned about our relationship with other species
Aristotle transformed : the ancient commentators and their influence by Richard Sorabji( Book )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matter, space and motion : theories in antiquity and their sequel by Richard Sorabji( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature of matter was as intriguing a question for ancient philosophers as it is for contemporary physicists, and Matter, Space, and Motion presents a fresh and illuminating account of the rich legacy of the physical theories of the Greeks from the fifth century B.C. to the late sixth century A.D
Philoponus and the rejection of Aristotelian science( Book )

25 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self : ancient and modern insights about individuality, life, and death by Richard Sorabji( Book )

33 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the centuries, the idea of the self has both fascinated and confounded philosophers. From the ancient Greeks, who problematized issues of identity and self-awareness, to Locke and Hume, who popularized minimalist views of the self, to the efforts of postmodernists in our time to de-center the human subject altogether, the idea that there is something called a self has latterly been in steady decline. But for Richard Sorabji, this negation of the self is dispiriting. In Self, he sets out to recover the rich variety of positive accounts of the self from Antiquity right up to the present, while offering his own inspiring view of what precisely the self might be." "Drawing on Eastern religion, classical Antiquity, and Western philosophy, Sorabji proceeds to tackle a number of thematic debates that have preoccupied philosophers over the ages, including the concept of the self, its sameness and mutability, the idea of the resurrection of the body and spirit, and the fear of death. According to Sorabji, the self is not an undetectable soul or ego, but an embodied individual whose existence is plain to see. It is also neither a linguistic creation nor a psychological fiction, but something that owns both a consciousness and a body."--Jacket
Articles on Aristotle( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy of the commentators, 200-600 AD : a sourcebook by Richard Sorabji( Book )

34 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The physics of the commentators was innovative: the Neoplatonists thought that the world of space and time was causally ordered by a nonspatial, nontemporal world, and this view required orignal thinking. Of the sixth-century Neoplatonists, Simplicius considered his teacher's ideas on space and time to be unprecedented, and Philoponus revised Aristotelianism to produce a new physics built around the Christian belief in God's Creation of the world. The thinkers of the Middle Ages borrowed from Philoponus and other commentators the proofs of a finite past, the idea of degrees of latitude in change and mixture, and in dynamics the idea of impetus and the defense of motion in a vacuum. -- Back cover
Moral conscience through the ages : fifth century BCE to the present by Richard Sorabji( Book )

20 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Moral Conscience through the Ages, Richard Sorabji brings his erudition and philosophical acumen to bear on a fundamental question: what is conscience? Examining the ways we have conceived of that little voice in our heads--our self-directed judge--he teases out its most enduring elements, the aspects that have survived from the Greek playwrights in the fifth century BCE through St Paul, the Church Fathers, Catholics and Protestants, all the way to the 17th century's political unrest and the critics and champions of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. Sorabji examines an impressive breadth of topics: the longing for different kinds of freedom of conscience, the proper limits of freedom itself, protests at conscience's being 'terrorized, ' dilemmas of conscience, the value of conscience to human beings, its secularization, its reliability, and ways to improve it. These historical issues are alive today, with fresh concerns about topics such as conscientious objection, the force of conscience, or the balance between freedoms of conscience, religion, and speech. The result is a stunningly comprehensive look at a central component of our moral understanding
Gandhi and the Stoics : modern experiments on ancient values by Richard Sorabji( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Sorabji presents a study of Gandhi's philosophy in comparison with Christian and Stoic thought. He shows that Gandhi was a true philosopher, who not only aimed to give a consistent self-critical rationale for his views, but also thought himself obliged to live by what he taught
Aristotle and after( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle : a selective bibliography by Jonathan Barnes( Book )

21 editions published between 1977 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening doors : the untold story of Cornelia Sorabji : reformer, lawyer, and champion of women's rights in India by Richard Sorabji( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cornelia Sorabji was the first Indian female lawyer. She was "original and often outspoken in her views - for example in her criticism of Gandhi and her surprising friendship with Katherine Mayo". Cornelia was "a passionate advocate of women's rights whose own career was nearly compromised through her relationsip with a married man". -- Book jacket
Metaphysics, soul, and ethics in ancient thought : themes from the work of Richard Sorabji( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ricardo Salles presents nineteen original essays by leading figures in ancient philosophy on three key themes in the work of Richard Sorabji, paying tribute to his remarkable achievements and leading his ideas in fresh directions."--Jacket
Talking philosophy by Richard Sorabji( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this engaging dialogue that moves effortlessly across interdisciplinary boundaries, Richard Sorabji expounds on a broad range of issues such as the moral philosophy behind the concepts of war and humanitarian intervention, whether it is possible to be a Stoic today, and whether there is such a thing as a continuous self. He surveys the four leading ancient schools of philosophical thought Aristotelian, Stoic, Platonist (including Neoplatonist), and Epicureanand analyses the differences in their approach to various subjects. The seventh book in the series of Ramin Jahanbegloos features interviews of prominent intellectuals, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the life and mind of one of the most outstanding comparative philosophers of our time
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The ethics of war : shared problems in different traditions
Alternative Names
Richard Sorabji britischer Philosoph

Richard Sorabji British philosopher

Richard Sorabji Brits filosoof

Richard Sorabji filósofo británico

Richard Sorabji Suurbritannia filosoof

Sorabji, R. R. 1934-

Sorabji, R. R. K. 1934-

Sorabji, Richard R. 1934-

Sorabji, Richard Rustom Kharsedji 1934-

Sorabji, Richard Rustom Kharsedji 1934- Sir

Sorabji, Richard Rustom Kharsedji, Sir, 1934-

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Czech (1)

Aristotle on memoryNecessity, cause, and blame : perspectives on Aristotle's theoryThe ethics of war : shared problems in different traditionsEmotion and peace of mind : from Stoic agitation to Christian temptationAnimal minds and human morals : the origins of the Western debateAristotle transformed : the ancient commentators and their influenceSelf : ancient and modern insights about individuality, life, and deathArticles on Aristotle