The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy

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The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy brings together leading international scholars to study the diverse figures, movements, and approaches that constitute Presocratic philosophy. More than a survey of recent scholarship, this Oxford Handbook presents new interpretations and evaluations of the Presocratics' accomplishments, from Thales to the sophists, from theology to science, and from their background context to their influence on later thinkers. Many of the arguments made by the contributors challenge accepted wisdom and offer alternative accounts of Presocratic theories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199837557
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Curd is Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University

Daniel Graham is Professor of Philosophy, Brigham Young University

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Table of Contents

1 The sources for presocratic philosophy David T. Runia Runia, David T. 27

2 Prehistory of presocratic philosophy in an orientalizing context Walter Burkert Burkert, Walter 55

3 Milesian measures : time, space, and matter Stephen A. White White, Stephen A. 89

4 The cloud-astrophysics of Xenophanes and Ionian material monism Alexander P. D. Mourelatos Mourelatos, Alexander P. D. 134

5 Heraclitus : flux, order, and knowledge Daniel W. Graham Graham, Daniel W. 169

6 Signs and arguments in Parmenides B8 Richard D. McKirahan McKirahan, Richard D. 189

7 Anaxagoras and the theory of everything Patricia Curd Curd, Patricia 230

8 Empedocles : physical and mythical divinity Oliver Primavesi Primavesi, Oliver 250

9 Two problems in Pythagoreanism Carl Huffman Huffman, Carl 284

10 Atomism's eleatic roots David Sedley Sedley, David 305

11 Leucippus's atomism Daniel W. Graham Graham, Daniel W. 333

12 Speculating about Diogenes of Apollonia Andre Laks Laks, Andre 353

13 The Sophists Michael Gagarin Gagarin, Michael Paul Woodruff Woodruff, Paul 365

14 The role of medicine in the formation of early Greek thought Philip van der Eijk van der Eijk, Philip 385

15 Presocratic cosmologies M. R. Wright Wright, M. R. 413

16 Reason, cause, and explanation in presocratic philosophy R. J. Hankinson Hankinson, R. J. 434

17 The humanizing of knowledge in presocratic thought J. H. Lesher Lesher, J. H. 458

18 Presocratic theology T. M. Robinson Robinson, T. M. 485

19 Aristotle's account of the origins of philosophy Michael Frede Frede, Michael 501

20 Classical representations and uses of the presocratics John Palmer Palmer, John 530

Index locorum 555

General index 573

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