Early Greek Philosophy, Paperback Book

Early Greek Philosophy Paperback

Edited by Jonathan Barnes

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.




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Jonathan Barnes provides testimonia and fragments for a wide selection of the presocratic thinkers and most helpfully provides the context in which the fragments occur. Barnes also often groups the fragments thematically and provides brief biographical information and some sparse commentary. Overall this is a very good collection.

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A useful collection of fragments.

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