Introduction to Presocratics presents a succinct introduction to Greek thinkers of the 6th and 5th century BCE and a thematic exploration of the topics and enquiries opened by these first philosophers and scientists of the Western tradition. * Offers a concise, thematically organized introduction to the Presocratics * Includes a previously unpublished translation of the main fragments of the Presocratics by Classics scholar Rosemary Wright * Covers key figures including Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes of Miletus, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Parmenides and Zeno of Elea, Empedocles, Anaxagoras and Democritus * Supplemented with helpful features including a timeline, map of the ancient world, glossary of terms, and index of proper names
Giannis Stamatellos is Post Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of Plotinus and the Presocratics (2007).
Preface viii Chronology xi Reference Guide to the Presocratics xii Map: The Eastern Mediterranean in the Sixth and Fifth Century bce xiv 1 Introduction 1 2 The Philosophers 9 3 Principles 19 4 Cosmos 31 5 Being 41 6 Soul 52 7 Knowledge 62 8 Ethics 71 9 Conclusion 80 Appendix A: Translation of the Main Fragments 82 Appendix B: The Presocratic Sources 116 Appendix C: The Presocratic Legacy 119 Glossary of Greek Terms 131 Glossary of Philosophical Terms 134 Bibliography 141 Index 151
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