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Greek Cosmologists The Formation of the Atomic Theory and Its Earliest Critics

ISBN-10: 0521034973

ISBN-13: 9780521034975

Edition: N/A

Authors: David Furley, David Furley

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Furley's study presents a clear picture of the opposing views of the natural world and its contents as seen by philosophers and scientists in classical antiquity. On one side were the materialists whose world was mechanistic, evolutionary, and unbounded, lacking the focus of a natural center. The other side included teleologists, whose world was purposive, non-evolutionary, finite, and centrifocal. This volume takes the reader up to the criticisms of Plato and Aristotle. The second volume will examine Plato and Aristotle's own cosmology and follow the debate to the sixth century. Professor Furley has produced a history of the early views of the physical world whose scope makes this book of major importance.
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Preface
Two pictures of the world
The judgement of Socrates
The beginning in Miletus
Two philosophical critics: Heraclitus and Parmenides
Pythagoras, Parmenides, and later cosmology
Anaxagoras
Empedocles and the invention of elements
Later Eleatic critics
Leucippus and Democritus
The cosmos of the Atomists
The anthropology of the Atomists
Plato's criticisms of the materialists
Aristotle's criticisms of the materialists
Bibliography
Indexes