Presocratic Philosophers A Critical History with a Selcetion of Texts

ISBN-10: 0521274559

ISBN-13: 9780521274555

Edition: 2nd 1983 (Revised)

Authors: G. S. Kirk, J. E. Raven, M. Schofield

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Beginning with a long and extensively rewritten introduction surveying the predecessors of the Presocratics, this book traces the intellectual revolution initiated by Thales in the sixth century B.C. to its culmination in the metaphysics of Parmenides and the complex physical theories of Anaxagoras and the Atomists in the fifth century it is based on a selection of some six hundred texts, in Greek and a close English translation which in this edition is given more prominence. These provide the basis for a detailed critical study of the principal individual thinkers of the time. Besides serving as an essential text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Greek philosophy and in the history of science, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers with interests in philosophy, theology, the history of ideas and of the ancient world, and indeed to anyone who wants an authoritative account of the Presocratics.
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/29/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 518
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Abbreviations
Introductory note
The forerunners of philosophical cosmogony
The Ionian thinkers
Philosophy in the west
The Ionian response
Selective bibliography
Index of passages
General index
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