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An increasing awareness of the philosophical problems invloved in this attempt led to the striking and enigmatic pronouncements of Heraclitus, and to the struggle to escape from self-contradiction in which Parmenides created the first philosophical arguments and the beginnings of conceptual analysis. By 450 B.C. the thought of these men was having repercussions in wider areas of Greek culture, and was an important factor in the great outburst of intellectual energy in the "sophistic age" - the last half of the 5th century.
This book presents a picture of these developments, using, wherever possible, translations of the surviving fragments of the Presocratics as a foundation for the discussion.
|4||Pythagoras and the Greek West||60|
|5||Parmenides and Zeno||78|
|6||The Age of the Sophists||107|
|7||Cosmology from Parmenides to Democritus||127|
|8||Conclusion: the Study of the Presocratics||149|