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The beginnings of philosophy in Greece

Author: Maria Michela Sassi
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2018
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A celebrated study of the origins of ancient Greek philosophy, now in English for the first timeHow can we talk about the beginnings of philosophy today? How can we avoid the conventional opposition of mythology and the dawn of reason and instead explore the multiple styles of thought that emerged between them? In this acclaimed book, available in English for the first time, Maria Michela Sassi reconstructs the  Read more...
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Sassi, Maria Michela, 1955-
Beginnings of philosophy in Greece.
(DLC) 2017031659
(OCoLC)1029770984
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Michela Sassi
ISBN: 9781400889761 1400889766
OCLC Number: 1034988736
Language Note: Translated from Italian.
Description: 1 online resource : map
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; A Note on This Edition; Introduction; Chronological Chart; Chapter 1 Thales, Father of Philosophy?; Before the Presocratics; Ex Oriente Lux?; Back to Aristotle; Knowledge Has Many Faces; Chapter 2 Philosophy in the Cosmogonies; Hesiod: Cosmic Masses and Divine Personas; Anaximander in a World "without Gods"; The Invention of the Cosmos; The Horizon of the Theogonies; Pherecydes's "Mixed Theology"; A Cosmogony in the Temple of Thetis?; A New, Self-Conscious Knowledge; Chapter 3 Writing Experiments; A "Hot" Society; Egotisms; The Power of Writing. Anaximander: The Treatise and the MapXenophanes, Satirist and Polemicist; The Obscure Heraclitus; Chapter 4 Adventures of the Soul; The Soul, the Cosmos, and an Orange; From Breath to the Self; Restless Souls; Empedocles and His Daimon; To Each His Own (Compound); Chapter 5 Voices of Authority; The Odd Couple; Farewell to the Muse; Power Games; The Truth Revealed in Song; Between Muses and Other Gods; The Specialization of Reason; Bibliography; Index.
Other Titles: Inizi della filosofia in Grecia.
Responsibility: Maria Michela Sassi ; translated by Michele Asuni.
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A celebrated study of the origins of ancient Greek philosophy, now in English for the first timeHow can we talk about the beginnings of philosophy today? How can we avoid the conventional opposition of mythology and the dawn of reason and instead explore the multiple styles of thought that emerged between them? In this acclaimed book, available in English for the first time, Maria Michela Sassi reconstructs the intellectual world of the early Greek "Presocratics" to provide a richer understanding of the roots of what used to be called "the Greek miracle."The beginnings of the long process leading to philosophy were characterized by intellectual diversity and geographic polycentrism. In the sixth and fifth centuries BC, between the Asian shores of Ionia and the Greek city-states of southern Italy, thinkers started to reflect on the cosmic order, elaborate doctrines on the soul, write in solemn Homeric meter, or, later, abandon poetry for an assertive prose. And yet the Presocratics whether the Milesian natural thinkers, the rhapsode Xenophanes, the mathematician and "shaman" Pythagoras, the naturalist and seer Empedocles, the oracular Heraclitus, or the inspired Parmenides all shared an approach to critical thinking that, by questioning traditional viewpoints, revolutionized knowledge. A unique study that explores the full range of early Greek thinkers in the context of their worlds, the book also features a new introduction to the English edition in which the author discusses the latest scholarship on the subject.

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