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DOI 10.12887/29-2016-2-114-07



Marian A. WESOŁY – Ethos in the Hellenic Philosophy


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The article comprises five thematic parts: (1) a peculiar confluence (ēthos through ěthos); (2) a new research perspective (ancient philosophy as a way of life); (3) a concise insight in ancient philosophy; (4) the philosophical way of life; (5) the analogy of medicine.

In ancient Greece culture the concept of ‘ethos’ not only provided the basis of the name ‘ethics,’ but was also a research object in rhetoric, poetry, and music. In general, the ethoses in ancient Greek philosophy concerned character types manifested in various human actions and attitudes.

Following the new research perspective proposed in the paper, the so-called philosophical way of life is considered as most characteristic of ancient Greeks and Romans. The paper aims at a description of the significant differences in the Hellenic as well as Greek Roman approach to the philosophical way of life and it refers to selected source texts. The author refutes the belief that reflection, disquisition, and argumentation were not significant component parts of the way of life advanced in the Pre-Socratic and classical Greek philosophy, focused on knowledge and truth. The thesis, widely accepted today, which holds that ancient philosophy was actually a spiritual exercise preparing the subject for wisdom is true about the Greek Roman period, or Late Antiquity.

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: ēthos, ěthos, pholosophical way of life, Greek and Greek Roman philosophy

The article is a modified version of the presentation at the discussion panel held at the 10th Philosophical Congress in Poznań, 19 September 2015.

Contact: Department of Research on Ancient and Byzantine Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy,
Faculty of Social Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University,
ul. Szamarzewskiego 89C,
60-568 Poznań, Poland

E-mail: wesoly@amu.edu.pl
Phone: +48 61 8292279
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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887