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Early Greek Philosophy (edition 2002)

by Jonathan Barnes

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Title:Early Greek Philosophy
Authors:Jonathan Barnes (Translator)
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (2002), Paperback, 336 pages
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Ever since listening to Peter Adamson's *History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps* podcast (http://historyofphilosophy.net/) I was very curious to explore the writings of these very early thinkers. In this book, Jonathan's Barnes translation and editorial arrangement provides a high speed "fly by" of the presocratic philosophers. Context is minimal, but the scope is impressive, especially considering the small size of the volume. Readers will not finish this book ready to write an detailed theory piece on the writings of Anaxagoras, for instance, but they will discover who Anaxagoras is and how his ideas build on the critical questions of his day. I came away from this book profoundly more appreciative for how strong the philosophical "tradition" was prior to Plato. And I doubt one cannot walk away without a sense that the story goes back even farther than these fragments... but today, these fragments are as far back as we can go.
  jamesshelley | Jun 22, 2015 |
A useful collection of fragments. ( )
  Jphotic | Mar 31, 2014 |
Jonathan Barnes provides testimonia and fragments for a wide selection of the presocratic thinkers and most helpfully provides the context in which the fragments occur. Barnes also often groups the fragments thematically and provides brief biographical information and some sparse commentary. Overall this is a very good collection. ( )
1 vote classiclarkin | Mar 13, 2008 |
A good reader in the beginnings of Western thought.
  Fledgist | Jun 7, 2007 |
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Hail, children of Zeus, grant a sweet song and tell of the holy race of the immortals who exist forever, those who came from Earth and from starry Heaven and from dark Night, and those whom the salt Sea reared, and the gods, givers of good things, who came from them.
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This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus's haunting and enigmatic epigrams-all form part of a revolution in human thought that relied on reasoning, forged the first scientific vocabulary, and laid the foundations of Western philosophy. Jonathan Barnes has painstakingly brought together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, utilizing the latest research and a newly discovered major papyrus of Empedocles.

This anthology presents the early sages of Western philosophy and science who paved the way for Plato and Aristotle and their successors. Democritus's atomic theory of matter, Zeno's dazzling "proofs" that motion is impossible, Pythagorean insights into mathematics, Heraclitus's haunting and enigmatic epigrams-all form part of a revolution in human thought that relied on reasoning, forged the first scientific vocabulary, and laid the foundations of Western philosophy. Jonathan Barnes has painstakingly brought together the surviving Presocratic fragments in their original contexts, utilizing the latest research and a newly discovered major papyrus of Empedocles.

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