The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selcetion of Texts

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 29, 1983 - Philosophy - 501 pages
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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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Review: The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts

User Review  - Vasilis Kanatas - Goodreads

This book is a point of reference for the subject of the Presocratic Philosophers. It is mentioning almost every sigle ancient text regarding these Philosophers with a decent commentary. It can be used by researchers because it contains all those ancient writtings in one volume. Read full review

Review: The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts

User Review  - David Anderson - Goodreads

An excellent resource for Pre-Socratic thought. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that each quote and excerpt is in the original Greek followed by a translation. Read full review

Contents

The Forerunners of Philosophical Cosmogony
7
1 The naive view of the world
9
2 Okeanos
10
3 Night
17
4 Orphic cosmogonies
21
5 The Hesiodic cosmogony and the separation of earth and sky
34
6 Mixed theogonies
47
B Pherecydes
50
Heraclitus of Ephesus
181
Pythagoras of Samos
214
Parmenides of Elea
239
Zeno of Elea
263
Empedocles of Acragas
280
Philolaus of Croton and FifthCentury Pythagoreanism
322
Anaxagoras of Clazomenae
352
Archelaus of Athens
385

7 Toward philosophy
72
Thales of Miletus
76
Anaximander of Miletus
100
Anaximenes of Miletus
143
Xenophanes of Colophon
163
Melissus of Samos
390
The Atomists Leucippus of Miletus and Democritus of Abdera
402
Diogenes of Apollonia
434
Selective Bibliography
453
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About the author (1983)

Geoffrey Kirk (1921-2003) held the regius chair in Greek at Cambridge University from 1974 to 1982 and was a major figure in the study of the presocratic philosophers and early Greek epic poetry.

Malcolm Schofield is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy, University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He is co-author (with G. S. Kirk and J. E. Raven) of the second edition of The Presocratic Philosophers (1983) and co-editor (with Keimpe Algra, Jonathan Barnes and Jaap Mansfeld) of The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy (1999). His other publications include An Essay on Anaxagoras (1980), The Stoic Idea of the City (1991; 2nd edition, 1999) and Plato: Political Philosophy (2006).

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