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Philosophy Before Socrates : An Introduction with Texts and Commentary - Richard D. McKirahan

Philosophy Before Socrates

An Introduction with Texts and Commentary

Paperback Published: 1st March 1994
ISBN: 9780872201750
Number Of Pages: 436

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Since its publication in 1994, Richard McKirahan's Philosophy Before Socrates has become the standard sourcebook in Presocratic philosophy. It provides a wide survey of Greek science, metaphysics, and moral and political philosophy, from their roots in myth to the philosophers and Sophists of the fifth century. A comprehensive selection of fragments and testimonia, translated by the author, is presented in the context of a thorough and accessible discussion. An introductory chapter deals with the sources of Presocratic and Sophistic texts and the special problems of interpretation they present.

In its second edition, this work has been updated and expanded to reflect important new discoveries and the most recent scholarship. Changes and additions have been made throughout, the most significant of which are found in the chapters on the Pythagoreans, Parmenides, Zeno, Anaxagoras, and Empedocles, and the new chapter on Philolaus. The translations of some passages have been revised, as have some interpretations and discussions. A new Appendix provides translations of three Hippocratic writings and the Derveni papyrus.

The Sources of Early Greek Philosophyp. 1
Hesiod and the Beginnings of Greek Philosophy and Sciencep. 7
Miletus in the Sixth Centuryp. 20
Thales of Miletusp. 23
Anaximander of Miletusp. 32
Anaximenes of Miletusp. 48
Xenophanes of Colophonp. 59
The Early Ionian Achievementp. 69
Pythagoras of Samos and the Pythagoreansp. 79
Heraclitus of Ephesusp. 116
Parmenides of Eleap. 151
Zeno of Eleap. 179
Anaxagoras of Clazomenaep. 196
Empedocles of Acragasp. 232
Melissus of Samosp. 292
Fifth-Century Atomism: Leucippus and Democritusp. 303
Diogenes of Apolloniap. 344
Early Greek Moral Thought and the Fifth-Century Sophistsp. 353
The NOMOS-PHYSIS Debatep. 390
Books for Further Readingp. 414
Concordance with Diels-Kranzp. 421
Index of Passages Translatedp. 425
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9780872201750
ISBN-10: 0872201759
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 1st March 1994
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59

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