Early Greek Philosophy (Paperback)
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Short Description for Early Greek Philosophy Collects works that form the true foundation of Western philosophy - the base upon which Plato and Aristotle and their successors would eventually build.
- Published: 01 December 2002
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140448153 ISBN 10: 0140448152
- Sales rank: 82,839
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Full description for Early Greek Philosophy
The works collected in this volume form the true foundation of Western philosophy - the base upon which Plato and Aristotle and their successors would eventually build. Yet the importance of the Pre-Socratics thinkers lies less in their influence - great though that was - than in their astonishing intellectual ambition and imaginative reach. Zeno's dizzying 'proofs' that motion is impossible; the extraordinary atomic theories of Democritus; the haunting and enigmatic epigrams of Heraclitus; and, the maxims of Alcmaeon: fragmentary as they often are, the thoughts of these philosophers seem strikingly modern in their concern to forge a truly scientific vocabulary and way of reasoning.