Early Greek Philosophy

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Jonathan Barnes
Penguin, 2001 - Philosophy - 282 pages
This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus's haunting and enigmatic epigrams-all form part of a revolution in human thought that relied on reasoning, forged the first scientific vocabulary, and laid the foundations of Western philosophy. Jonathan Barnes has painstakingly brought together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, utilizing the latest research and a newly discovered major papyrus of Empedocles.

This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus's haunting and enigmatic epigrams-all form part of a revolution in human thought that relied on reasoning, forged the first scientific vocabulary, and laid the foundations of Western philosophy. Jonathan Barnes has painstakingly brought together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, utilizing the latest research and a newly discovered major papyrus of Empedocles.

 

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In many ways we can simply make the statement that the Greeks invented philosophy. For roughly eleven centuries Greek philosophy held first place in the world. Pre-Socratics as the title of these ... Read full review

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Jonathan Barnes provides testimonia and fragments for a wide selection of the presocratic thinkers and most helpfully provides the context in which the fragments occur. Barnes also often groups the ... Read full review

Contents

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VIII
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IX
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X
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XI
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XIII
36
XIV
40
XV
48
XXIV
174
XXV
176
XXVII
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XXVIII
183
XXIX
185
XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXI
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XXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXV
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XXXVI
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XXXVII
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XXXVIII
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About the author (2001)

Jonathan Barnes is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Geneva. He has held visiting posts at the University of Chicago, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and at the University of Texas. He was also a fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. His publications include The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle (1995), and The PreSocreatic Philosophers (1979).

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