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The First Philosophers: The Presocratics and Sophists By Robin A.H. Waterfield,

  • Title: The First Philosophers: The Presocratics and Sophists
  • Author: Robin A.H. Waterfield
  • ISBN: 9780192824547
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder, and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the world should be comprehensible But their enterprise was by no means limited to this proto scientific task Through, for instance, Heraclitus enigmatic sayings, the poetry of PAristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder, and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the world should be comprehensible But their enterprise was by no means limited to this proto scientific task Through, for instance, Heraclitus enigmatic sayings, the poetry of Parmenides and Empedocles, and Zeno s paradoxes, the Western world was introduced to metaphysics, rationalist theology, ethics, and logic, by thinkers who often seem to be mystics or shamans as much as philosophers or scientists in the modern mould And out of the Sophists reflections on human beings and their place in the world arose and interest in language, and in political, moral, and social philosophy This volume contains a translation of all the most important fragments of the Presocratics and Sophists, and of the most informative testimonia from ancient sources, supplemented by lucid commentary.
    The First Philosophers The Presocratics and Sophists Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the wo

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    1. This is the second time I ve read most of these philosophers The first was back in college, when I first started reading philosophy So reading this was very much like returning to an old friend And as anyone will tell you, reconnecting with an old friend after years of being apart, I learned new things and understood old ideas in a completely new wayE PRESOCRATICSThere is something strangely pure about the curious and conjecturing mind before Aristotle s advent of the scientific method Claims ab [...]

    2. This anthology, edited by the Greek scholar Robin Waterfield, consists of a series of extracts, with commentary, from the work of a number of Greek thinkers who lived in the couple of centuries before the first megastar of western philosophy, Socrates hence the name by which they are known to us Presocratics Well, a series of extracts is pushing it, since not many of them wrote anything down, so the way we know what they thought is largely through secondhand and no doubt distorted accounts, whet [...]

    3. The presentation of the philosophy was succinct, perhaps overly so, but overall the book is a good survey of the Presocratics and Sophists As for the philosophy itself, some of it is painfully outdated and sometimes a bit frustrating to read well, it is 2500 years old , whilst some of it left me astounded as to how relevant the queries and conclusions still are today Overall a fascinating read.

    4. Great collection with glosses of their general beliefs supplemented by selected testimonies and fragments in their own words Informative of the philosophical tradition Plato and Aristotle engage with and how they interpret them.

    5. So amazing to read and fathom Unimaginable that these ancient people already knew about our monumental discoveries of today Makes us seem rather dim witted and limited in our knowledge.

    6. Este livro uma colet nea muito bem selecionada que funciona como uma excelente introdu o e guia para o pensamento grego antes de S crates Os pensadores s o apresentados em ordem cronol gica e Robin Waterfield fornece ao leitor uma explica o de cada trecho traduzido, al m de insights especiais sobre o processo de tradu o e a sele o de cada trecho para a colet nea Foi uma experi ncia bastante esclarecedora poder ver onde nasceu a nossa forma de pensamento Poder ter uma ideia da civiliza o ocidenta [...]

    7. The Pre Socratics, while they may be ultimately vain to study due to the indeterminate nature of the extant texts, are at least no less interesting than the mass of indeterminate philosophers who have arisen in the past two centuries i.e those who make indeterminacy their goal in fact, they have the advantage on these latter, insofar as many were at least attempting to provide a conceptual, or non contradictory, philosophical account of things All of them to a greater or lesser extent grounded t [...]

    8. Robin Waterfield is one of the best history writers I ve read His prose is very engaging and he presents history as a story with very clear narrative form This book presents the Pre Socratic philosophers, their lives and ideas, very comprehensively but seemingly effortlessly The Sophists, such as Protagoras and Gorgias, are also included Although I know all about these guys and they ve been friends of mine for over 25 years now, Waterfield brings new life and new insights to all of them Highly r [...]

    9. As an amateur of philosophy, this seems like a good introduction If you can look past their cosmology, it will challenge you to correct their errors Zeno s paradox is explained and corrected by Aristotle, if you are interested in math Putting yourself in the place of the interlocutors of the sophist dialogues will strengthen your ability to argue Your opinions regarding metaphysics will begin to be developed Most importantly, this text gives you a foundation for philosophy.

    10. This book is a good place to start for anyone who wants to read classic age Greek philosophy though why you d want to indeed, why I want to is beyond me It s not a massively riveting subject but as a bedtime read this book serves a purpose as I could only manage a few pages at a time before falling asleep Having said that, I did find parts of it interesting to see how close some of these ancient thinkers got to what is largely accepted scientific theory today.

    11. This is a wonderful and authoritative collection of pre Socratic philosophical thought Only a few fragments and testimonia survive, so that even an extremely well organized and clearly introduced edition like this is still very difficult to make sense of Many of the accounts are vague and conflicting fragments are often obscure and tricky to decipher Despite all the textual difficulties, this is required reading for all students of philosophy and the history of science.

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