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The Presocratic Philosophers

The Presocratic Philosophers
A Critical History with a Selcetion of Texts

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: December 1983
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521274555

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  • Beginning with a long and extensively rewritten introduction surveying the predecessors of the Presocratics, this book traces the intellectual revolution initiated by Thales in the sixth century BC to its culmination in the metaphysics of Parmenides and the complex physical theories of Anaxagoras and the Atomists in the fifth century it is based on a selection of some six hundred texts, in Greek and a close English translation which in this edition is given more prominence. These provide the basis for a detailed critical study of the principal individual thinkers of the time. Besides serving as an essential text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Greek philosophy and in the history of science, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers with interests in philosophy, theology, the history of ideas and of the ancient world, and indeed to anyone who wants an authoritative account of the Presocratics.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 1983
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521274555
    • length: 518 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Preface to the first edition
    Abbreviations
    Introductory note
    1. The forerunners of philosophical cosmogony
    2. The Ionian thinkers
    3. Philosophy in the west
    4. The Ionian response
    Selective bibliography
    Index of passages
    General index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient and Medievel Political Thought
    • Greek Philosophy to Plato
    • History of Science: Ancients to Newton
    • History of Western Political Thought
    • Parmenides and His Aftermath
    • Philosophy of Nature
    • Seminar: Presocrates, Sophists, and Plato's Euthydemus
  • Authors

    G. S. Kirk, University of Cambridge

    J. E. Raven, King's College, Cambridge

    M. Schofield, St John's College, Cambridge

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