- Paperback: 516 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (29 Dec. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521274559
- ISBN-13: 978-0521274555
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts Paperback – 29 Dec 1983
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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 BC to its culmination in the metaphysics of Parmenides and the complex physical theories of Anaxagoras and the Atomists in the fifth century.
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Beginning with a long and extensively rewritten introduction surveying the predecessors of the Presocratics, the book traces the intellectual revolution initiated by Thales in the early 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.
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As the blurb on the book says, this volume, after initial publication in 1957 "quickly established itself as the standard work on the subject for the English-speaking reader". Which sums it up pretty well.
I have given it 3 stars because it didn't suit my needs, but that's not to say it's not a good book for different needs.
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The Pre-socratics deserve more attention because `all', and I mean all, of the basic philosophic and scientific positions are contained within these seeds of the western tradition.