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The Greek Cosmologists: Formation of the Atomic Theory and Its Earliest Critics Vol 1

The Greek Cosmologists: Formation of the Atomic Theory and Its Earliest Critics Vol 1

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David Furley
Cambridge University Press, 7/16/1987
EAN 9780521333283, ISBN10: 0521333288

Hardcover, 228 pages, 23.5 x 15.7 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

This first volume takes the story from its beginnings in Ionian philosophy as far as the formation of the Atomic Theory and the first criticisms of it by Plato and Aristotle. The second volume will describe the cosmology of Plato and Aristotle, the attempt by Epicurean opponents to revive Atomism and later developments of the debate in classical philosophy and science up to the sixth century of our era. Both are accessible to anyone interested in the history of science and philosophy, even if they have no specialized knowledge of Greek philosophy and no Greek; but professional scholars too will find much of importance to them.

Preface
1. Two pictures of the world
2. The judgement of Socrates
3. The beginning in Miletus
4. Two philosophical critics
Heraclitus and Parmenides
5. Pythagoras, Parmenides, and later cosmology
6. Anaxagoras
7. Empedocles and the invention of elements
8. Later Eleatic critics
9. Leucippus and Democritus
10. The cosmos of the Atomists
11. The anthropology of the Atomists
12. Plato's criticisms of the materialists
13. Aristotle's criticisms of the materialists
Bibliography
Index of passages
General index.