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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Presocratic Philosophers by Jonathan Barnes ,. Ted Honderich Editor. The Presocratics were the founding fathers of the Western philosophical tradition, and the first masters of rational thought.
This volume provides a comprehensive and precise exposition of their arguments, and offers a rigorous assessment of their contribution to philosophical thought. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 25th by Routledge first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Presocratic Philosophers , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Presocratic Philosophers. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Presocratic Philosophers. May 28, Justin rated it liked it. A lucid explication of the various Presocratics Anaximander, Heraclitus, Xenophanes, Parmenides, Pythagoras, Zeno, etc and their importance in hewing the path that Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle would follow, expand, and improve upon.
I have one quibble, though, and it occurs at the beginning of the book with this quote: "Logic is a Greek discovery. The laws of thought were first observed in ancient Greece Ancient India was aware of logic and its study well before Aristotle , and at the very latest, contemporaneously with the Presocratics.
Sep 04, L S rated it really liked it Shelves: ancientphilosophy. I'm reading this in part for the ancient philosophy exam our department administers as a qualifier. In particular, I appreciate how Barnes engages the "pre-socratics" as more than just an antiquarian with a taste for outre minutiae.
His focus is primarily on the arguments one can squeeze from even the weirder claims of the presocratics e. It's doing a great job of encouraging me to read the presocratics I'm reading this in part for the ancient philosophy exam our department administers as a qualifier.
It's doing a great job of encouraging me to read the presocratics as thinkers and not just gibbering mystics. Very rigorous, the style is engaging, plunges very deep into philosophical issues when it's possible. Ends on a rather tough topic, Zeno's paradoxes, and his account is great. Demonstrates that there was definitely a vibrant tradition preceding Plato and I look forward to the second volume and its treatment of the atomists and sophists. Shelves: own. Excellent book. It shows the growth of the mind of man.
Before the Greeks, there was little effort shown to contemplate the universe in a non-mythological manner. These men thought. Reading this work was very entertaining. Jonathan Barnes is a renowned teacher of Philosophy and a gifted writer who enables anyone with a modicum of intelligence to understand these gifted men.
May 06, chaos rated it it was ok. Barnes thinks analytic philosophy was invented five centuries before Christianity. Bonus: his writing is sparkly purple and ridden with undue metaphors. Be ready to sigh. Solid account of the post-Eleatics. Ronhsoru rated it really liked it Mar 10, Charlene rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Chris Rosmith rated it it was amazing Jul 15, Luiz Felipe rated it really liked it Nov 17, Theodora Vagioti rated it really liked it Jun 04, Akbar rated it it was amazing Apr 29, Paul rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Oliver Sanderson-nichols rated it really liked it Mar 25, Brian Lehmann rated it really liked it May 23, Samira rated it it was amazing Mar 06, O'Brien rated it really liked it Mar 21, Tim Sharp rated it really liked it Mar 04, Ryan rated it really liked it Aug 12, Paul Adkin rated it liked it May 26, Sue rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Mike rated it it was amazing Mar 24, Nicolas Leon rated it liked it Dec 15, Andrew rated it liked it Apr 25, Wendy Trevino rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Clifton Toliver rated it it was amazing Nov 29, Greig Roselli rated it really liked it Feb 24, Kafkasfriend rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Elena rated it really liked it May 31, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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