Peter introduces the Hellenistic philosophical schools – the Cynics, Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics – and asks how they responded to earlier thinkers.
In these episodes, Peter considers the contribution of the main schools of the Hellenistic age: the Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics, and also discusses their reception in the Roman empire. Minor schools like the Cynics and Cyrenaics are also included. With interviews from James Warren, David Sedley, John Sellars, Raphael Woolf, A.A. Long and R.J. Hankinson.
A good place to start, with helpful texts and commentary is:
• Long and Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers (Cambridge: 1987), vol. 1: translations and commentary, vol.2: texts.
• K. Algra et al (eds), The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy (Cambridge: 1999).
• J. Annas, Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind (Berkeley: 1992).
• R. Bett (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism (Cambridge: 2010).
• M. Burnyeat and M. Schofield (eds.), Doubt and Dogmatism: Studies in Hellenistic Epistemology (Oxford: 1980).
• K. Ierodiakonou, Topics in Stoic Philosophy (Oxford: 1999).
• B. Inwood (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (Cambridge: 2003).
• A.A. Long, Hellenistic Philosophy (London: 1974).
• R.W. Sharples, Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics: an Introduction to Hellenistic Philosophy
• G. Striker, Essays on Hellenistic Epistemology and Ethics (Cambridge: 1996).
• J. Warren (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism (Cambridge: 2009).