Early Greek Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0140444610
ISBN-13: 9780140444612
Edition: 1987
Authors: Jonathan Barnes
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Description: This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 6/2/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 0.10" wide x 0.10" long x 0.10" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus's haunting and enigmatic epigrams-all form part of a revolution in human thought that relied on reasoning, forged the first scientific vocabulary, and laid the foundations of Western philosophy. Jonathan Barnes has painstakingly brought together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, utilizing the latest research and a newly discovered major papyrus of Empedocles.

Jonathan Barnes has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Sussex. He has been writing since the age of 21 and under a pseudonym has published four novels. He cam across the Bates method in 1983 and, as a wearer of glasses himself, decided to investigate it from a biologist's viewpoint. He found it logical and consistent, and since practising it has been able to improve his eyesight and discard his glasses.

Map
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Synopsis
Note to the Reader
Precursors
Thales
Anaximander
Anaximenes
Pythagoras
Alcmaeon
Xenophanes
Heraclitus
Parmenides
Melissus
Zeno
Empedocles
Fifth-century Pythagoreanism
Hippasus
Philolaus
Ion of Chios
Hippo
Anaxagoras
Archelaus
Leucippus
Democritus
Diogenes of Apollonia
The Sources
Further Reading
Subject Index
Index of Quoted Texts
Index to Diels-Kranz B-Texts

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