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Early Greek Philosophy (2nd Edition)

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Democritus' atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling 'proofs' that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus' haunting and enigmatic epigrams - all form part of a revolution in human thought which relied on reasoning to justify its conclusions and...


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Democritus' atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling 'proofs' that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus' haunting and enigmatic epigrams - all form part of a revolution in human thought which relied on reasoning to justify its conclusions and forged the first scientific vocabulary. Although none of their original writings have come down to us complete, patient detective work enables us to reconstruct the crucial questions they asked and their absorbing answers. Here Jonathon Barnes brings together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, allowing modern readers to get to grips with these pioneering thinkers whose, ideas remain at the centre of philosophical debate. The revised edition of the collection has been updated to take account of further research and a major new papyrus of Empedocles.
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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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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 225289
  • Product Code 0140448152
  • EAN 9780140448153
  • Pages 336
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Publication Date Nov 2002
  • Dimensions 198 x 129 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.231kg

Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes is professor of ancient philosophy at the University of Geneva. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Texas. His publications include <i>The Presocratic Philosophers</i>.

  • :early Greek Philosophymap<br>preface To The Second Edition<br>introduction<br>synopsis<br>note To The Reader<br><b>part I</b><br> 1. Precursors<br> 2. Thales<br> 3. Anaximander<br> 4. Anaximenes<br> 5. Pythagoras<br> 6. Alcmaeon<br> 7. Xenophanes<br> 8. Heraclitus<p><b>part Ii</b><br> 9. Parmenides<br> 10. Melissus<br> 11. Zeno<p><b>part Iii</b><br> 12. Empedocles<br> 13. Fifth-century Pythagoreanism<br> 14. Hippasus<br> 15. Philolaus<br> 16. Ion Of Chios<br> 17. Hippo<br> 18. Anaxagoras<br> 19. Archelaus<br> 20. Leucippus<br> 21. Democritus<br> 22. Diogenes Of Apollonia<br> <p>appendix: The Sources<br> Further Reading<br> Subject Index<br> Index Of Quoted Texts<br> Index To Diels-kranz B-texts</p></p></p>

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