Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 September 2004

168 Pages | 28 halftones & line illus.

ISBN: 9780192840943

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Presocratic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Catherine Osborne

Very Short Introductions

  • Features the history of thinkers from Thales to Pythagoras and Heraclitus to Protagoras
  • A thematic rather than chronological treatment of early Greek philosophy
  • Begins with the finding of the new papyrus of a fragment of Empedocles' poem
  • Leads the reader to a responsible handling of sample source material
  • Focuses on questions rather than survey
  • Reinterprets aspects of the usual account such as the role of the Sophists, and later interpretations of thinkers such as Heraclitus
  • Engages with the new papyrus of Empedocles