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  • Published: 10 February 2003
  • ISBN: 9780140448153
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Early Greek Philosophy



The works collected in this volume form the true foundation of Western philosophy - the base upon which Plato and Aristotle and their successors would eventually build. Yet the importance of the Pre-Socratics thinkers lies less in their influence - great though that was - than in their astonishing intellectual ambition and imaginative reach. Zeno's dizzying 'proofs' that motion is impossible; the extraordinary atomic theories of Democritus; the haunting and enigmatic epigrams of Heraclitus; and the maxims of Alcmaeon: fragmentary as they often are, the thoughts of these philosophers seem strikingly modern in their concern to forge a truly scientific vocabulary and way of reasoning.

  • Published: 10 February 2003
  • ISBN: 9780140448153
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

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