Introduction to Presocratics: A Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy with Key Readings

Introduction to Presocratics: A Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy with Key Readings by Giannis Stamatellos 0470655038 9780470655030
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"The general public and scholars alike will find Introduction to Presocratics stimulating, engaging and exceptionally useful. Stamatellos' intriguing and illuminating theme-based approach to this subject and his inclusion of a fresh translation of all the major fragments make this book a 'must have' for anyone interested in Presocratic philosophy."
Robert D. Luginbill, University of Louisville

"An excellent introduction to early Greek philosophy - full of information, yet eminently readable and clearly organised. The thematic treatment brings new perspectives and fresh philosophical insights."
Andrew Smith, University College Dublin

"Surveying the key surviving texts theme by theme sooner than man by man, Stamatellos offers the beginner clear and comprehensive insight into the compelling inquiries of the early Greek thinkers."
Susan Prince, University of Cincinnati

"Giannis Stamatellos' book is a very elegant and finely structured introduction to the fascinating beginnings of Western thought. He has succeeded in making a rather difficult and complex topic extremely accessible and stimulating."
Mark Beck, University of South Carolina

Despite what is commonly taught, Western philosophy did not begin with Socrates. The roots of Western philosophy and science, in fact, run much deeper than this watershed philosophical figure - to a series of innovative Greek thinkers of the 6th and 5th century BCE. Introduction to Presocratics presents a succinct overview of early Greek thought by following a thematic exposition of the topics and enquiries explored by the first philosophers of the Western tradition. Ionian figures such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, and Pythagoras are covered; Eleatics such as Parmenides and Zeno; and Pluralists or Neo-Ionians such as Empedocles, Anaxagoras, and Democritus. Key areas of Presocratic philosophy are addressed, including principles, cosmos, being, soul, knowledge, and ethics. A brief account of the legacy and reception of the Presocratics in later philosophical traditions is also included. Also featured is an original translation of the main Presocratic fragments by renowned classics professor Rosemary Wright. Introduction to Presocratics offers illuminating insights into the true pioneers of philosophical thought in the Western tradition.

Author: Giannis Stamatellos

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 176

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2012-04-17

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