Presocratic Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0192840940

ISBN-13: 9780192840943

Edition: 2003

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Description: This is a book about the invention of Western philosophy, and the first thinkers to explore ideas about the nature of reality, time, and the origin of the universe. It begins with the finding of the new papyrus fragment of Empedocles' poem, and uses the story of its discovery and interpretation to highlight the way our understanding of early philosophers is marked by their presentation in later sources. Generations of philosophers, both ancient and modern, have traced their inspiration back to the presocratics, even though we have very few of their writings left. In this book, Catherine Osborne invites her readers to dip their toes into the fragmentary remains of thinkers from Thales to Pythagoras, Heraclitus to Protagoras, to try to fill in the bits of a jigsaw that has been rejigged many times and in many different ways.

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 158
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

Catherine Osborne is a doctoral student at Fordham University.

List of illustrations
Map
Timelines
A note on the pronunciation
Introduction
Lost words, forgotten worlds
Puzzles about first principles
Zeno's tortoise
Reality and appearance: more adventures in metaphysics
Heraclitus
Pythagoras and other mysteries
Spin doctors of the 5th century
Epilogue
Further reading
Index
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