The Origins of Epistemology in Early Greek Thought: Study of Psyche and Logos in Heraclitus (Studies in the History of Philosophy S. v. 34)

The Origins of Epistemology in Early Greek Thought: Study of Psyche and Logos in Heraclitus (Studies in the History of Philosophy S. v. 34)

By: Joel Wilcox (author)Hardback

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This study provides a unified framework within which to view the development of pre-Socratic thought. It points out three aspects of Xenophanes' scepticism, and shows how Heraclitus responded to each. Key issues concerning "psyche" and "logos" are summarized and an attempt is made to settle certain long-standing debates concerning them. The author argues that Heraclitus' concepts of "psyche" and "logos" resulted from his need to construct an epistemological theory in order to counter Xenophanean scepticism. The book makes use of various traditional Greek assumptions such as the principles of "like-to-like," the analogy of microcosm and macrocosm, and the concepts of balance and measure as exemplified in the ideal of "sophrosune". In doing so, it aims to illustrate the usefulness and importance of an approach to the Presocratics which takes into account beliefs which may seem odd to modern ones.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773491229
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780773491229
  • ISBN10: 0773491228

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