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Studies in Presocratic Philosophy Volume 1

The Beginnings of Philosophy, 1st Edition

Edited by David Furley, Reginald E Allen


438 pages

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Collected in this volume are some of the most important articles published on the philosophy of the Greeks before Socrates. They cover:

  • The nature of Presocratic thought
  • The sources of our knowledge of the Presocratics
  • The earliest philosophers up to Heraclitus


‘…extremely useful for anyone concerned with the study of the Presocratics.’ Philosophy

Table of Contents

1. The Characteristics and Effects of Pre-Socratic Philosophy H. F. Cherniss 2. Was the Ionian Philosophy Scientific? F. M. Cornford 3. Review of F. M. Cornford: Principium Sapientiae Gregory Vlastos 4. Equality and Justice in Early Greek Cosmologies Gregory Vlastos 5. Theology and Philosophy in Early Greek Thought Gregory Vlastos 6. Back to the Prescoratics Karl Popper 7. Popper on Science and the Presocratics G. S. Kirk 8. Theoprastus on the Presocratic Causes J. B. McDiarmid 9. Aristotle As Historian W. K. C. Guthrie 10. Hot and Cold, Dry and Wet in Early Greek Thought G. E. R. Lloyd 11. Anaximander and the Beginnings of Greek Philosophy Uvo Hölscher 12. Some Problems in Anaximander G. S. Kirk 13. The Pythagoreans and Greek Mathematics W. A. Heidel 14. The Discovery of Incommensurability by Hippasus of Metapontum Kurt von Fritz 15. On Heraclitus Gregory Vlastos

About the Editors

David John Furley was a Greco-Roman scholar, taught at University College London 1947-1966; Professor of Classics 1966-74, Charles Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Princeton University 1974-1992; Fellow, British Academy

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ancient Philosophy

The books in this set, originally published between 1939 and 1991:

  • Focus on the concept of virtue, and in particular on the virtue of wisdom or knowledge,
  • Study the pilgrimage of the Ancient World in its search for moral truth.
  • Discuss the political implication of the spread of science in antiquity.

  • Examine the nature of Pre-Socratic thought and the three pluralist responses of Empedocles, Anaxagoras and the early Atomists.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical