Presocratic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 6, 2004

byCatherine Osborne

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This is a book about the invention of Western philosophy, and the first thinkers to explore ideas about the nature of reality, time, and the origin of the universe. It begins with the finding of the new papyrus fragment of Empedocles' poem, and uses the story of its discovery andinterpretation to highlight the way our understanding of early philosophers is marked by their presentation in later sources.Generations of philosophers, both ancient and modern, have traced their inspiration back to the presocratics, even though we have very few of their writings left. In this book, Catherine Osborne invites her readers to dip their toes into the fragmentary remains of thinkers from Thales to Pythagoras,Heraclitus to Protagoras, to try to fill in the bits of a jigsaw that has been rejigged many times and in many different ways.

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This is a book about the invention of Western philosophy, and the first thinkers to explore ideas about the nature of reality, time, and the origin of the universe. It begins with the finding of the new papyrus fragment of Empedocles' poem, and uses the story of its discovery andinterpretation to highlight the way our understanding of...

Catherine Osborne is lecturer in philosophy at the University of East Anglia. She recently moved from her position as Reader in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies at the University of Liverpool, and was previously a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wales, Swansea. Her publications inc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:May 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192840940

ISBN - 13:9780192840943

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Table of Contents

1. Lost words, forgotten worlds2. Puzzles about first principles3. Zeno's tortoise4. Reality and appearance: more adventures in Metaphysics5. Heraclitus6. Pythagoras and other mysteries7. Spin doctors of the fifth centuryEpilogue: a story about origins