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  • A Presocratics Reader
  • Patricia Curd
  • English
  • 13 April 2018
  • 9780872203266

10 thoughts on “A Presocratics Reader

  1. says:

    What are the Isles of the Blest? Sun and Moon What is the oracle at Delphi? The tetractys which is the harmony in which the Sirens s

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    48 starsSubstance Motion “Being” and being And not being Air—condensation and rarefaction Cosmos as arrangement as ratio as number The “transmigration of the soul The “limited” and “unlimited” A one god God; and Universal Law

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    This book is very fascinating I feel the people who are discussed are the first true philosophers They talk about the origins or rather how there was no origin to the Universe I especially appreciated the chapter on Paremenides I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophy

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    This book represents my first venture into Ancient Greek philosophy and the Classics in general It is easily accessible to those with little to no knowledge of the field The authors are phenomenal scholars organizing the book in a way so as to paint a flowing chronology of the development of man's deep understanding of the natural world in the West For the most part each chapter deals with one presocratic think

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    In the introduction the editor states that in 585 BC Thales “reportedly predicted an eclipse of the sun” and that this marked the beginning of philosophy and science in Western thought Some of the presocratics Milesians

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    Didn't love it but for what it was it seemed well done hence the four starsThe most interesting things to me and perhaps what will prove the most usefulwere certain turns of phrase that I found stimulating in a poetic way Such wassince it was not an evil destiny that sent youforth to travelthis route for indeedit is far from the beaten path of humansAnd the meadow of Disaster and Mildly shining flame chanced upon a li

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    these guys were kinda dumb as hell Also the fact that the description says 2 3 week introduction I read this straight through in like 2 hours 😭

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    A compilation of primary source material from the Presocratic philosophers in ancient Greece Though this is not the book's fault it is often times difficult to piece together an entire philosophical position when all we're working with a compilation of random fragments Other than that this was a helpful book for understanding the pioneers of Western philosophyMy favorite thinkers were the Sophists especially Protagoras

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    This is a very interesting collection for anyone interested in the roots of Western philosophical thought The anthology brings together excer

  10. says:

    This is an earlier edition which does apparently leave out some fragments that have been included in another later addition

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A Presocratics Reader

E extant remains of early Greek philosophical thought on cosmology metaphysics epistemology and ethics together. This book represents my first venture into Ancient Greek philosophy and the Classics in general It is easily accessible to those with little to no knowledge of the field The authors are phenomenal scholars organizing the book in a way so as to paint a flowing chronology of the development of man s deep understanding of the natural world in the West For the most part each chapter deals with one presocratic thinker giving a summary of the thinker first and then following that with testimonies and fragments primary textual sources as a basis for understanding the thinker A superb work

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Ideal for a two to three week introduction to the Presocratics and Sophists this volume offers a selection of th. What are the Isles of the Blest Sun and Moon What is the oracle at Delphi The tetractys which is the harmony in which the Sirens singIamblichus Life of Pythagoras This is a brilliant but compact collection of Presocratic thought If you haven t yet read much of the early philosophers like Pythagoras and Anaximander I couldn t recommend this book The Presocratics contemplated the nature of the cosmos in a time before mathematics and poetry and science and creativity were oppressively divided into categories Science was poetry and the beautiful enigma of the cosmos was ineluctably linked to the chaos of elemental changes the rapid strikes of lightning the air the fire In seeking to explain the indeterminate the ineffable they conjured a formula of substances to pinpoint the original substance arch The vision of the Presocratics is consummate enrapturing They drove the transcendent ualities of the natural universe into language From Anaximander s apeiron to the eternal logos of the Riddler or even Xenophanes and his astrophysics of clouds their collective speculations were written sub specie aeternitatis You shall knowthe destructive deeds of the shining sun s pure torch and whence they came to be and you shall learn the wandering deeds of the round faced moon and its nature and you shall know also the surrounding heaven from what it grew and how Necessity led and shackled it to hold the limits of the stars Clement Miscellanies

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With unobtrusive minimally interpretive editorial material an introduction brief headnotes maps and a concordanc. A compilation of primary source material from the Presocratic philosophers in ancient Greece Though this is not the book s fault it is often times difficult to piece together an entire philosophical position when all we re working with a compilation of random fragments Other than that this was a helpful book for understanding the pioneers of Western philosophyMy favorite thinkers were the Sophists especially Protagoras because he basically didn t care to operate within the strict metaphysical political and epistemic bounds of his predecessors Also the Sophists share a deep suspicion of absolute truth claims similar to our postmodern friends since they too understood that language culture experience etc deeply influence our perspectives on what is true Concerning the gods I cannot know either that they exist or that they do not exist or what form they might have for there is much to prevent one s knowing the obscurity of the subject and the shortness of man s life ProtagorasThis above uote would have shocked people since Protagoras by rejecting the gods wasn t only rejecting the Greek gods of the Pantheon but also all attempts to discuss the existence of a grand sweeping metaphysical Being or Force that explained all of existence