The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy
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Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy by Patricia Curd
Book DescriptionIn the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. a new kind of thinker appeared in Greek city-states, dedicated to finding the origins of the world and everything in it, using observation and reason rather than tradition and myth. We call these thinkers Presocratic philosophers, and recognize them as the first philosophers of the Western tradition, as well as the originators of scientific thinking. New textual discoveries and new approaches make a reconsideration of the Presocratics at the beginning of the twenty-first century especially timely. This handbook brings together leading international scholars to study the diverse figures, movements, and approaches that constitute Presocratic philosophy. More than a survey of scholarship, this study presents new interpretations and evaluations of the Presocratics' accomplishments, from Thales to the sophists, from theology to science, and from pre-philosophical background to their influence on later thinkers. Many positions presented here challenge accepted wisdom and offer alternative accounts of Presocratic theories. This handbook includes chapters on the Milesians (Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes), Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Anaxagoras, Empedocles, the Pythagoreans, the atomists, and the sophists. Special studies are devoted to the sources of Presocratic philosophy, oriental influences, Hippocratic medicine, cosmology, explanation, epistemology, theology, and the reception of Presocratic thought in Aristotle and other ancient authors.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195146875
(255mm x 181mm x 44mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Patricia Curd
Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy, Paperback (July 2011)
This handbook brings together leading international scholars to study the diverse figures, movements, and approaches that constitute Presocratic philosophy.
Presocratics Reader, Paperback (March 2011)
A study of the Presocratics and Sophists. It offers a selection of fragments from these philosophical predecessors and contemporaries of Socrates.
Legacy of Parmenides, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by Patricia Curd
Provides a detailed examination of Parmenides' arguments, considering his connection to earlier Greek thought and how his account of "what-is" could serve as model for later philosophers. It then considers the theories of those who came after him, including the Pluralists, the Atomists, the later Eleatics, and the later Presocratics.
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