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The First Philosophers:  The Presocratics and Sophists

The First Philosophers: The Presocratics and Sophists 
by Robin Waterfield 

 


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 The Presocratics After Heidegger
Introduction to the Presocratics
Presocratic philosophy was born in the Greek cities of Ionia at the end of the 7th century BCE The foundation of the Ionian school in Miletos is the starting-point of the presocratic thought, namely the first philosophical thought in the Ancient Greek world. The Presocratics combined ancient Greek mythology with rational thinking and sought all the forces which compose nature...(There's lots more including maps)

Early Greek Philosophy
This text is a reprint of the 3rd edition of John Burnet's famous study of Presocratic philosophy, Early Greek Philosophy, originally published in 1920. The spelling has been modernized throughout.  

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bullet Introduction
bullet Note on the Sources
bullet The Milesian School
bullet Thales
bullet Anaximander
bullet Anaximenes
bullet Science and Religion
bullet Pythagoras of Samos
bullet Xenophanes of Colophon
bullet Fragments
bullet Discussion
bullet Heraclitus of Ephesus
bullet Fragments
Discussion
bullet Parmenides of Elea
bullet The Poem
bullet Discussion
bullet Alcmaeon of Croton
bullet Empedocles of Acragas
bullet Fragments
Discussion
bullet Anaxagoras of Clazomenae
bullet Fragments
bullet Discussion
bullet The Pythagoreans
bulletAlcaemon of Croton 
bullet The Younger Eleatics
bullet Zeno of Elea
bullet Melissus of Samos
bullet Leucippus of Miletus
Eclecticism and Reaction
bullet Hippon of Samos
bullet Diogenes of Apollonia
bullet Archelaus of Athens
Internet Archive of Texts and Documents
In 1995, the History Department and Hanover students initiated the Hanover Historical Texts Project. The Project's principal aim is to make primary texts readily available to students and faculty for use in history and humanities courses.

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bulletAnaxagoras (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletAnaximander (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletAnaximenes (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletEmpedocles (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletMelissus (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletParmenides (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletPythagoras and the Pythagoreans (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletThales (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletXenophanes (Hanover Historical Texts Project)
bulletZeno (Hanover Historical Texts Project)

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bulletPre-Socratic Fragments and Testimonials (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:  Presocratic Fragments and Testimonials
By James Fieser.

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bulletAenesidemus
bulletAnaxagoras
bulletAnaximander
bulletAnaximenes
bulletArchelaus
bulletDiogenes of Apollonia
bulletEmpedocles
bulletHeraclitus
bulletMelissos
bulletParmenides
bulletXenophanes
bulletZeno

Thales
Short biography with links to theorems by Eric W. Weisstein.  Greek philosopher who is considered the founder of Greek science, mathematics, and philosophy. He visited Egypt and probably Babylon, bringing back knowledge of astronomy and geometry. He invented deductive mathematics...

 

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