Presocratics Natural Philosophers Before Socrates

ISBN-10: 0520253698
ISBN-13: 9780520253698
Edition: 2007
Authors: James Warren
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 235
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The earliest phase of philosophy in Europe saw the beginnings of cosmology and rational theology, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethical and political theory. It also saw the development of a wide range of radical and challenging ideas, from Thales's claim that magnets have souls and Parmenides's account of one unchanging existence to the development of an atomist theory of the physical world. This general account of the Presocratics introduces the major Greek philosophical thinkers from the sixth to the middle of the fifth century B.C. It explores how we might reconstruct their views and understand the motivation and context for their work, and it highlights the ongoing philosophical interest of their often surprising claims. Separate chapters are devoted to each of the major Presocratic thinkers, including Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Anaxagoras, Empedocles, Leucippus and Democritus, and an introductory chapter sets the scene by describing their intellectual world and the tradition through which their philosophy has been transmitted and interpreted. With a useful chronology and guide to further reading, this book is an ideal introduction for the student and general reader.

James Warren is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. Previous books include Facing Death: Epicurus and his Critics (2004) and Epicurus and Democritean Ethics: an Archaeology of Ataraxia (2002).

Acknowledgements
Sources and abbreviations
Chronology
Map of the ancient Mediterranean
Introduction: reading Presocratic philosophy
Ionian beginnings
Xenophanes
The oracles of Heraclitus
Parmenides
Reactions to Parmenides
Anaxagoras
Empedocles
Democritus and Leucippus
Epilogue
Guide to further reading
Notes
Bibliography
Index of passages
Index

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