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Early Greek Philosophy, Volume VII

Early Greek Philosophy, Volume VII

Later Ionian and Athenian Thinkers, Part 2

Edited and translated by André Laks and Glenn W. Most

ISBN 9780674997080

Publication date: 10/31/2016

The fragments and testimonia of the early Greek philosophers (often labeled the Presocratics) have always been not only a fundamental source for understanding archaic Greek culture and ancient philosophy but also a perennially fresh resource that has stimulated Western thought until the present day. This new systematic conception and presentation of the evidence differs in three ways from Hermann Diels’s groundbreaking work, as well as from later editions: it renders explicit the material’s thematic organization; it includes a selection from such related bodies of evidence as archaic poetry, classical drama, and the Hippocratic corpus; and it presents an overview of the reception of these thinkers until the end of antiquity.

Volume I contains introductory and reference materials essential for using all other parts of the edition. Volumes II–III include chapters on ancient doxography, background, and the Ionians from Pherecydes to Heraclitus. Volumes IV–V present western Greek thinkers from the Pythagoreans to Hippo. Volumes VI–VII comprise later philosophical systems and their aftermath in the fifth and early fourth centuries. Volumes VIII–IX present fifth-century reflections on language, rhetoric, ethics, and politics (the so-called sophists and Socrates) and conclude with an appendix on philosophy and philosophers in Greek drama.

Praise

  • In brief, André Laks and Glenn Most give us a brilliant and beautiful reference work that can, at the same time, be easily enough read straight through. And spending a few months doing so gives the reader almost all that she needs (perhaps along with Loeb #258, Greek Elegiac Poetry) to reconstruct for herself the origins of the discipline of philosophy. I should want any graduate student or colleague in ancient philosophy or intellectual history to acquire and make their way through it.

    —Christopher Moore, Classical Journal

Authors

  • André Laks is Professor Emeritus of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Paris–Sorbonne, and Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City.
  • Glenn W. Most is Visiting Professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Book Details

  • 512 pages
  • 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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