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The first philosophers : the presocratics and sophists

Author: Robin Waterfield
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
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"Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder, and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the world should be comprehensible. But their enterprise was by no means limited to this proto-scientific task. Through, for instance, Heraclitus' enigmatic sayings, the poetry of Parmenides and Empedocles, and Zeno's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Text
Einführung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Waterfield
ISBN: 0192824546 9780192824547 9780199539093 019953909X
OCLC Number: 44152248
Description: xlvi, 354 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Preface and acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Select bibliography --
Note on the texts --
Timeline --
The Presocratics. The Milesians: Thales of Miletus, Anaximander of Miletus, Anaximenes of Miletus ; Xenophanes of Colophon ; Heraclitus of Ephesus ; Parmenides of Elea ; Zeno of Elea ; Melissus of Samos ; Pythagoras of Croton and fifth-century Pythagoreanism ; Anaxagoras of Clazomenae ; Empedocles of Acragas ; The atomists: Leucippus of Abdera, Democritus of Abdera ; Diogenes of Apollonia --
The Sophists. Protagoras of Abdera ; Gorgias of Leontini ; Prodicus of Ceos ; Hippias of Elis ; Antiphon the Sophist ; Thrasymachus of Chalcedon ; Euthydemus and Dionysodorus of Chios ; Double arguments ; Anonymous and miscellaneous texts --
Explanatory notes --
Textual notes --
Concordance with Diels/Kranz --
Index of translated passages.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: translated with commentary by Robin Waterfield.
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"Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder, and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the world should be comprehensible. But their enterprise was by no means limited to this proto-scientific task. Through, for instance, Heraclitus' enigmatic sayings, the poetry of Parmenides and Empedocles, and Zeno's paradoxes, the Western world was introduced to metaphysics, rationalist theology, ethics, and logic, by thinkers who often seem to be mystics or shamans as much as philosophers or scientists in the modern mould. And out of the Sophists' reflections on human beings and their place in the world arose an interest in language, and in political, moral, and social philosophy." "This volume contains translations of all the most important fragments of the Presocratics and Sophists, and of the most informative testimonia from ancient sources, supplemented by lucid commentary."--Jacket.

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