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Overview

This book brings together nearly all of Gadamer's previously published but never translated essays on the Presocratics. Beginning with a hermeneutical and philological investigation of the Heraclitus fragments (1974 and 1990), he then moves on to a discussion of the Greek Atomists (1935) and the Presocratic cosmologists (1964). In the last two essays (1978 and 1994/95), Gadamer elaborates on the profound debt that modern scientific thinking owes to the Greek philosophical tradition.

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Ten lectures by Gadamer (emeritus, U. of Heidelberg) explore various issues in pre-Socratic philosophy. The volume begins with two hermeneutical and philological investigations of the Heraclitus fragments. Other topics include, for example, Ancient Greek atomic theory and the contributions of Greek philosophy to modern science. The essays have all been published previously in various journals in German. This is the first English translation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826414595
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/14/2003
  • Series: Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans-Georg Gadamer was born on 11 February 1900 and died on 13 March 2002. He was the author, most notably, of Truth and Method, and, more recently, of The Beginning of Philosophy and The Beginning of Knowledge.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface 7
Author's Preface 13
1 On the Tradition of Heraclitus 21
2 Heraclitus Studies 33
3 Ancient Atomic Theory 82
4 Plato and Presocratic Cosmology 102
5 Greek Philosophy and Modern Thought 119
6 Natural Science and the Concept of Nature 127
Publication History 141
Index 142
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