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The Beginning of Knowledge - Hans-Georg Gadamer

The Beginning of Knowledge

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9780826411952
Number Of Pages: 148

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In The Beginning of Knowledge, Gadamer reminds us that philosophy for the Greeks was not just a question of metaphysics and epistemology but encompassed cosmology, physics, mathematics, medicine, and the entire reach of theoretical curiosity and intellectual mastery. Whereas his book The Beginning of Philosophy dealt with the inception of philosophical inquiry, this new book brings together nearly all of GadamerÆs previously published but never translated essays on the Presocratics. Beginning with a hermeneutical and philological investigation of the Heraclitus fragments (1974 and 1990), he then moves on to a discussion of the Greek Atomists (1935) and the Presocratic cosmologists (1964). In the last two essays (1978 and 1994/95), Gadamer elaborates on the profound debt that modern scientific thinking owes to the Greek philosophical tradition.

his [Gadamer s] views on the ancient Greeks provide a powerful reply to Heidegger s enormously creative, but less than accurate interpretations Whether or not one finds Gadamer s Platonic route to the pre-Socratics to be successful, he produces stimulating insights into their views and challenges one to rearticulate why Gadamer might be wrong, if he is wrong. Such challenges are always welcome. Philosophy in Review, 12/03--David Vessey, Grand Valley State University

Translator's Prefacep. 7
Author's Prefacep. 13
On the Tradition of Heraclitusp. 21
Heraclitus Studiesp. 33
Ancient Atomic Theoryp. 82
Plato and Presocratic Cosmologyp. 102
Greek Philosophy and Modern Thoughtp. 119
Natural Science and the Concept of Naturep. 127
Publication Historyp. 141
Indexp. 142
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ISBN: 9780826411952
ISBN-10: 0826411959
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: CONTINUUM
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1