The Figure of Nature: On Greek Origins

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Indiana University Press, Aug 29, 2016 - Philosophy - 263 pages
One of America’s preeminent philosophers “has produced a book with fascinating new insights into the ancient conception of nature” (Choice).

Broaching an understanding of nature in Platonic thought, John Sallis goes beyond modern conceptions and provides a strategy to have recourse to the profound sense of nature operative in ancient Greek philosophy. In a rigorous and textually based account, Sallis traces the complex development of the Greek concept of nature. Beginning with the mythical vision embodied in the figure of the goddess Artemis, he reanimates the sense of nature that informs the fragmentary discourses of Anaximenes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Empedocles and shows how Plato takes up pre-Socratic conceptions critically while also being transformed. Through Sallis’s close reading of the Theaetetus and the Phaedo, he recovers the profound and comprehensive concept of nature in Plato’s thought.
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
1 THE REIGN OF ARTEMIS
3
2 OPEN AIR ON PHILOSOPHY BEFORE PHILOSOPHY
13
3 ENSHROUDED NATURE AND THE FIRE OF HEAVEN
26
4 RADICAL GATHERINGS THE IMPERATIVE OF PHILOSOPHY
42
5 MONSTROUS WONDER THE ADVANCE OF NATURE
58
6 EARTHBOUND THE RETURN OF NATURE
158
English Index
249
Greek Index
253
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About the author (2016)

John Sallis is Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is author of more than 20 books, including Light Traces (IUP, 2014) and Logic of Imagination (IUP, 2012).

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