Introduction to Presocratics: A Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy with Key Readings

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 17, 2012 - History - 162 pages
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Despite what is commonly taught, Western philosophy did not begin with Socrates. The roots of Western philosophy and science, in fact, run much deeper than this watershed philosophical figure -- to a series of innovative Greek thinkers of the 6th and 5th century BCE. Introduction to Presocratics presents a succinct introduction to early Greek thought by following a thematic exposition of the topics and enquiries explored by the first philosophers of the Western tradition. Ionian figures such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, and Pythagoras are covered; Eleatics such as Parmenides and Zeno; Pluralists or Neo-Ionians such as Empedocles, Anaxagoras and Democritus. Key areas of Presocratic philosophy are addressed, including principles, cosmos, being, soul, knowledge, and ethics. A brief account of the legacy and reception of the Presocratics in later philosophical traditions is also included. Also featured is an original translation of the main Presocratic fragments by renowned Classics Professor Rosemary Wright. Introduction to Presocratics offers illuminating insights into the true pioneers of philosophical thought in the Western tradition.
 

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Contents

Being
41
6
52
Ethics
62
8
71
9
80
The Presocratic Sources
116
Glossary of Greek Terms
131
Bibliography
141
Index
151
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Giannis Stamatellos is Post Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of Plotinus and the Presocratics (2007).

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