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The Texts of Early Greek Philosophy
The Complete Fragments and Selected Testimonies of the Major Presocratics

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  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521845915

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  • This two-part sourcebook gives the reader easy access to the language and thought of the Presocratic thinkers, making it possible either to read the texts continuously or to study them one by one along with commentary. It contains the complete fragments and a generous selection of testimonies for twenty major Presocratic thinkers including cosmologists, ontologists, and sophists, setting translations opposite Greek and Latin texts on facing pages to allow easy comparison. The texts are grouped in chapters by author in a mainly chronological order, each preceded by a brief introduction and an up-to-date bibliography, and followed by a brief commentary. Significant variant readings are noted. This edition contains new fragments and testimonies not included in the authoritative but now outdated Fragmente der Vorsokratiker. It is the first and only complete bilingual edition of the works of the Presocratic philosophers for English-speakers.

    • The first and only presentation of these important primary sources in their entirety both in their original language and in English
    • The only up-to-date sourcebook available in the field
    • Provides a valuable resource for scholars and students, collecting the materials most often used for teaching and research in a readily accessible form
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    • A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2010

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    'The two-volume Texts of Early Greek Philosophy … edited and presented by Daniel W. Graham, are a monumental but accessible feat. Here, in a finely printed and bilingual version, are the hours of morning in Western thought. Once Parmenides equated thought and being, the long journey had begun.' George Steiner, The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521845915
    • length: 1040 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 62 mm
    • weight: 1.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Cosmologists and Anti-Cosmologists: A. The Sixth Century BC:
    1. Thales
    2. Anaximander
    3. Anaximenes
    4. Xenophanes
    5. Heraclitus
    B. The Fifth Century BC:
    6. Parmenides
    7. Zeno
    8. Anaxagoras
    9. Empedocles
    10. Diogenes of Apollonia
    11. Melissus
    12. Philolaus
    13. The atomists: Leucippus and Democritus
    14. The atomists, continued: Democritus' ethics
    Part II. Sophists:
    15. Protagoras
    16. Gorgias
    17. Antiphon
    18. Prodicus
    19. Anonymous texts
    A. Anonymus Iamblichi
    B. Dissoi Logoi

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    • History of Greece
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    • Honors Ancient Greek Philosophy
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  • Author

    Daniel W. Graham, Brigham Young University, Utah
    Daniel W. Graham is A. O. Smoot Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Aristotle's Two Systems (1987); editor of the collected papers on ancient philosophy of Gregory Vlastos, Studies in Greek Philosophy (2 vols., 1995); translator-commentator of Aristotle: Physics, Book VIII (1999); co-editor with Victor Caston of a Festschrift for his mentor: Presocratic Philosophy: Essays in Honour of Alexander Mourelatos (2002); author of Explaining the Cosmos: the Ionian Tradition of Scientific Philosophy (2006); and co-editor with Patricia Curd of The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy (2008).


    • A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2010
    • A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2010

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