By André Laks,Glenn W. Most

When we speak about Presocratic philosophy, we're conversing in regards to the origins of Greek philosophy and Western rationality itself. yet what precisely does it suggest to speak about “Presocratic philosophy” within the first position? How did early Greek thinkers grow to be thought of jointly as Presocratic philosophers? during this short ebook, André Laks presents a heritage of the influential proposal of Presocratic philosophy, tracing its historic and philosophical importance and results, from its old antecedents to its complete crystallization within the sleek interval and its carrying on with results today.

Laks examines old Greek and Roman perspectives in regards to the delivery of philosophy prior to turning to the eighteenth-century emergence of the time period “Presocratics” and the debates approximately it that spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. He analyzes the highbrow conditions that ended in the assumption of Presocratic philosophy—and what used to be and is at stake within the building of the thought. The booklet closes through evaluating types of the heritage of philosophy—the phenomenological, represented by means of Hans-Georg Gadamer, and the rationalist, represented by means of Ernst Cassirer—and their implications for Presocratic philosophy, in addition to different different types of philosophical background. different figures mentioned contain Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Diogenes Laertius, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Nietzsche, Max Weber, and J.-P. Vernant.

Challenging general histories of Presocratic philosophy, the publication demands a reconsideration of the traditional tale of early Greek philosophy and Western rationality.

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