Presocratics Reader: Selected Fragments and Testimonia / Edition 1

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Overview

Building on the virtues that made the first edition of A Presocratics Reader the most widely used sourcebook for the study of the Presocratics and Sophists, the second edition offers even more value and a wider selection of fragments from these philosophical predecessors and contemporaries of Socrates.

With revised introductions, annotations, suggestions for further reading, and more, the second edition draws on the wealth of new scholarship published on these fascinating thinkers over the past decade or more, a remarkably rich period in Presocratic studies.

At the volume's core, as ever, are the fragments themselves--but now in thoroughly revised and, in some cases, new translations by Richard D. McKirahan and Patricia Curd, among them those of the recently published Derveni Papyrus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203266
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Curd is Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University.

Richard D. McKirahan is Edwin Clarence Norton Professor of Classics and Professor of Philosophy at Pomona College.

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Table of Contents

Preface
References
Maps
Time Line
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Milesians 9
Thales 9
Anaximander 11
Anaximenes 14
Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism 17
Philolaus 22
Xenophanes 25
Heraclitus 29
Parmenides 43
The Pluralists: Anaxagoras and Empedocles 53
Anaxagoras 53
Empedocles 60
Zeno of Elea 73
Atomism: Leucippus and Democritus 79
Melissus 89
Diogenes of Apollonia 93
The Sophists 97
Protagoras 98
Gorgias 99
Antiphon 104
Critias 107
Suggestions for Further Reading 109
Concordance and Sources 113
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