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    Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity.David Sedley - 2007 - University of California Press.
    The world is configured in ways that seem systematically hospitable to life forms, especially the human race. Is this the outcome of divine planning or simply of the laws of physics? Ancient Greeks and Romans famously disagreed on whether the cosmos was the product of design or accident. In this book, David Sedley examines this question and illuminates new historical perspectives on the pantheon of thinkers who laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science. Versions of what we call the (...)
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    The midwife of Platonism: text and subtext in Plato's Theaetetus.David Sedley - 2004 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Plato's Theaetetus is an acknowledged masterpiece, and among the most influential texts in the history of epistemology. Since antiquity it has been debated whether this dialogue was written by Plato to support his familiar metaphysical doctrines, or represents a self-distancing from these. David Sedley's book offers a via media, founded on a radical separation of the author, Plato, from his main speaker, Socrates. The dialogue, it is argued, is addressed to readers familiar with Plato's mature doctrines, and sets out to (...)
  3. Plato: Meno and Phaedo.David Sedley & Alex Long (eds.) - 1980 - Cambridge University Press.
    Plato's Meno and Phaedo are two of the most important works of ancient western philosophy and continue to be studied around the world. The Meno is a seminal work of epistemology. The Phaedo is a key source for Platonic metaphysics and for Plato's conception of the human soul. Together they illustrate the birth of Platonic philosophy from Plato's reflections on Socrates' life and doctrines. This edition offers new and accessible translations of both works, together with a thorough introduction that explains (...)
  4. Plato's Cratylus.David Sedley - 2003 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Plato's Cratylus is a brilliant but enigmatic dialogue. It bears on a topic, the relation of language to knowledge, which has never ceased to be of central philosophical importance, but tackles it in ways which at times look alien to us. In this reappraisal of the dialogue, Professor Sedley argues that the etymologies which take up well over half of it are not an embarrassing lapse or semi-private joke on Plato's part. On the contrary, if taken seriously as they should (...)
     
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  5. Platonic Causes.David Sedley - 1998 - Phronesis 43 (2):114-132.
    This paper examines Plato's ideas on cause-effect relations in the "Phaedo." It maintains that he sees causes as things (not events, states of affairs or the like), with any information as to how that thing brings about the effect relegated to a strictly secondary status. This is argued to make good sense, so long as we recognise that aition means the "thing responsible" and exploit legal analogies in order to understand what this amounts to. Furthermore, provided that we do not (...)
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  6. The Ideal of Godlikeness.David Sedley - 1999 - In Gail Fine (ed.), Plato 2: Ethics, Politics, Religion, and the Soul. Oxford University Press. pp. 309-328.
  7. The Stoic Criterion of Identity.David Sedley - 1982 - Phronesis 27 (3):255-275.
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    Lucretius and the transformation of Greek wisdom.David N. Sedley - 1998 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    This book is designed to appeal both to those interested in Roman poetry and to specialists in ancient philosophy. In it David Sedley explores Lucretius ' complex relationship with Greek culture, in particular with Empedocles, whose poetry was the model for his own, with Epicurus, the source of his philosophical inspiration, and with the Greek language itself. He includes a detailed reconstruction of Epicurus' great treatise On Nature, and seeks to show how Lucretius worked with this as his sole philosophical (...)
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  9. Is Aristotle's teleology anthropocentric?David Sedley - 1991 - Phronesis 36 (2):179-196.
  10. Philosophy, the Forms, and the Art of Ruling.David Sedley - 2007 - In G. R. F. Ferrari (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic. Cambridge University Press. pp. 256--83.
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  11. Lucretius and the Transformation of Greek Wisdom.David Sedley - 2000 - Mind 109 (433):176-179.
     
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  12. Myth, punishment, and politics in the "Gorgias".David Sedley - 2009 - In Catalin Partenie (ed.), Plato's Myths. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 51-76.
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    Two conceptions of vacuum.David Sedley - 1982 - Phronesis 27 (1):175--93.
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    The Philosophy of Antiochus.David Sedley (ed.) - 2012 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Antiochus of Ascalon was one of the seminal philosophers of the first century BC, an era of radical philosophical change. Some called him a virtual Stoic, but in reality his programme was an updated revival of the philosophy of the 'ancients', meaning above all Plato and Aristotle. His significance lies partly in his enormous influence on Roman intellectuals of the age, including Cicero, Brutus and Varro, and partly in his role as the harbinger of a new style of philosophy, which (...)
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  15. Epicurean Anti-Reductionism.David Sedley - 1988 - In Jonathan Barnes Mario Mignucci (ed.), Matter and Metaphysics. Bibliopolis. pp. 295–327.
     
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    Empedoclean Superorganisms.David Sedley - 2016 - Rhizomata 4 (1):111-125.
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    Zenonian Strategies.David Sedley - 2017 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 53.
  18. Equal sticks and stones.David Sedley - 2007 - In Dominic Scott (ed.), Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat. Oxford University Press.
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    Two Conceptions of Vacuum.David Sedley - 1982 - Phronesis 27 (2):175 - 193.
  20. "Becoming Like God" in the "Timaeus" and Aristotle.David Sedley - 1997 - In T. Calvo & L. Brisson (eds.), Interpreting the Timaeus – Critias. Proceedings of the IV Symposium Platonicum. Selected papers. Sankt Augustin, Germany: Academia Verlag. pp. 327-39.
  21. Three Platonist Interpretations of the Theaetetus.David Sedley - 1996 - In Christopher Gill & Mary Margaret McCabe (eds.), Form and Argument in Late Plato. Oxford University Press. pp. 79--103.
     
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  22. An Introduction to Plato's Theory of Forms.David Sedley - 2016 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 78:3-22.
    This lecture was designed as an introduction to Plato's theory of Forms. Reference is made to key passages of Plato's dialogues, but no guidance on further reading is offered, and numerous controversies about the theory's interpretation are left in the background. An initial sketch of the theory's origins in the inquiries of Plato's teacher Socrates is followed by an explanation of the Forms’ primary characteristic, Plato's metaphysical separation of them from the sensible world. Other aspects discussed include the Forms’ metaphysical (...)
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  23. On signs.David Sedley - 1982 - In Jonathan Barnes (ed.), Science and Speculation: Studies in Hellenistic Theory and Practice. Editions de la Maison des Sciences de L'homme. pp. 239--272.
     
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  24. The dramatis personae of Plato's Phaedo.David Sedley - 1995 - In Philosophical Dialogues: Plato, Hume, Wittgenstein. pp. 3-26.
     
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    The stoic theory of universals.David Sedley - 1985 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (S1):87-92.
  26. Teleology and myth in the Phaedo.David Sedley - 1989 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 5:359-83.
  27. Epicurus, On Nature book XXVIII.David Sedley - 1973 - Cronache Ercolanesi 3:5-83.
     
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    Stoics and Their Critics on Diachronic Identity.David Sedley - 2018 - Rhizomata 6 (1):24-39.
    This article is a return to a theme I first tackled in “The Stoic criterion of identity” : the Academics’ ‘Growing Argument’ and the Stoic response to its attack on diachronic identity. This time my aim is to separate out approximately five different stages of the debate between the two schools. This will be done by shifting more of the focus onto developments that seem likely to belong to the late second and/or early first century BC.
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  29. Philosophical allegiance in the Greco-Roman world.David Sedley - 1989 - In Miriam Tamara Griffin & Jonathan Barnes (eds.), Philosophia Togata: Essays on Philosophy and Roman Society. Oxford University Press.
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    Three kinds of Platonic immortality.David Sedley - 2009 - In Dorothea Frede & Burkhard Reis (eds.), Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 145--162.
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    Lucretius.David Sedley - 2013 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    The etymologies in Plato's "Cratylus".David Sedley - 1998 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 118:140-154.
  33. The Stoic-Platonist Debate on Kathekonta.David Sedley - 1999 - In Katerina Ierodiakonou (ed.), Topics in Stoic Philosophy. Clarendon Press.
  34. The negated conjunction in Stoicism.David N. Sedley - 1984 - Elenchos 5 (311):16.
  35. Stoic metaphysics at Rome.David Sedley - 2005 - In Ricardo Salles (ed.), Metaphysics, Soul, and Ethics in Ancient Thought: Themes From the Work of Richard Sorabji. Clarendon Press.
     
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    Is the Lysis a dialogue of definition?David Sedley - 1989 - Phronesis 34 (1):107-108.
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    Xii *—form–particular resemblance in Plato's phaedo.David Sedley - 2006 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 106 (1):311-327.
    This paper is a critical re-examination of the argument in Plato's "Phaedo" for the thesis that all learning is recollection of prenatal knowledge. Plato's speaker Socrates concentrates on the case of 'equal sticks and stones', viewed as striving without complete success to resemble a Form, the Equal itself. The paper argues that (a) this is a rather special case, focused on geometry; (b) Plato is at pains to emphasize that the Form-particular relation need not be one of resemblance at all, (...)
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    A rediscovered categories commentary.Riccardo Chiaradonna, Marvvan Rashed, David Sedley & Natalie Tchernetska - 2013 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 44:129-194.
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    Atomism's Eleatic roots.David Sedley - 2008 - In Patricia Curd & Daniel W. Graham (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
    Presocratic atomism was one of the most influential of the early theories: both Plato and Aristotle thought of it as a major competing theory, and it was an important source for post-Aristotelian Hellenistic theories. It has been commonplace that the atomism developed first by Leucippus of Abdera and then by Democritus of Abdera was a reaction to the Eleatic arguments of Zeno and Melissus, but the details of that influence have sometimes seemed rather hazy. This article brings them into sharper (...)
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    Colloquium 11.David Sedley - 1989 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 5 (1):359-383.
  41. Metaphysics Λ 10.David Sedley - 2000 - In Michael Frede & David Charles (eds.), Aristotle's Metaphysics Lambda: Symposium Aristotelicum. Oxford University Press. pp. 327--50.
     
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    The Stoic Theory of Universals.David Sedley - 1985 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (S1):87-92.
  43. The Inferential Foundations of Epicurean Ethics.David Sedley - 1998 - In Stephen Everson (ed.), Ethics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 129–50.
     
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    Cicero and the Timaeus.David Sedley - 2013 - In Malcolm Schofield (ed.), Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoreanism in the First Century Bc: New Directions for Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 187.
  45. The Empedoclean opening.David Sedley - 2007 - In Monica Gale (ed.), Lucretius. Oxford University Press.
     
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  46. Epicurus and his professional rivals.David Sedley - 1976 - In J. Bollack & A. Laks (eds.), Études sur l'Epicurisme antique. pp. 121-59.
     
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    Epicurean versus Cyrenaic Happiness.David Sedley - 2017 - In Richard Seaford, John Wilkins & Matthew Wright (eds.), Selfhood and the Soul: Essays on Ancient Thought and Literature in Honour of Christopher Gill. Oxfird: Oxford University Press. pp. 89-106.
    Eudaimonia, happiness, is a property of a whole life, not of some portion of it. What can this mean for hedonists? For Epicurus, it is made possible by the mind’s capacity to enjoy one’s whole life from any temporal viewpoint: to relive past pleasures and enjoy future ones in anticipation, importantly including confidence in a serene closure. Enjoying your life is like enjoying a day as a whole, not least its sunset. Although pleasure is increased by greater duration (contrary to (...)
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    Plato's "Cratylus".David Sedley - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Socrates’ Place in the History of Teleology.David N. Sedley - 2008 - Elenchos 29 (2):317-334.
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    A Socratic Interpretation of Plato's Theaetetus.David Sedley - 2003 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 18 (1):277-325.
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