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Early Greek Philosophy, Volume I

Introductory and Reference Materials

Glenn W. Most Andre Lacks

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Harvard Uni.Press Academi
31 October 2016
The fragments and testimonia of the early Greek philosophers (often known as the pre-Socratics) have always been not only a fundamental source for understanding archaic Greek culture and ancient philosophy but also a perennially fresh resource that has stimulated Western thought until the present day. This new systematic conception and presentation of the evidence differs in three ways from Hermann Diels's groundbreaking late-nineteenth-century work as well as from later editions: it renders explicit the material's thematic organization; it includes a selection from such related bodies of evidence as archaic poetry, classical drama, and the Hippocratic corpus; and it presents an overview of the reception of these thinkers until the end of antiquity.  
Volume I presents an introduction, preliminary chapters on ancient doxography, the cosmological and moral background, and the Ionian thinkers from Pherecydes to Heraclitus. Volume II presents western Greek thinkers from the Pythagoreans to Hippo. Volume III presents later philosophical systems and their aftermath in the fifth and early fourth centuries, from Anaxagoras through the Derveni papyrus. Volume IV presents fifth-century reflections on language, rhetoric, ethics, and politics (the so-called sophists and Socrates) and concludes with an appendix on philosophy and philosophers in tragedy and comedy, concordances, and indexes.
Edited by:   Glenn W. Most, Andre Lacks
Imprint:   Harvard Uni.Press Academi
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   1
Volume:   524
Dimensions:   Height: 162mm,  Width: 108mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9780674996540
ISBN 10:   0674996542
Series:   Loeb Classical Library *CONTINS TO
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   31 October 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andre Laks is Professor Emeritus of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Glenn W. Most is Professor of Greek Philology, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and Professor of Social Thought, University of Chicago.

Reviews for Early Greek Philosophy

Andre Laks and Glenn W. Most have made available to the world of scholarship in early Greek philosophy a resource of immense value. Every study of a thinker or of an issue within the thematic ambit of Early Greek Philosophy must henceforth start by canvassing and taking into account the appropriate selections in the Loeb set.--Alexander P. D. Mourelatos Bryn Mawr Classical Review (3/15/2018 12:00:00 AM) In brief, Andre Laks and Glenn Most give us a brilliant and beautiful reference work that can, at the same time, be easily enough read straight through. And spending a few months doing so gives the reader almost all that she needs (perhaps along with Loeb #258, Greek Elegiac Poetry) to reconstruct for herself the origins of the discipline of philosophy. I should want any graduate student or colleague in ancient philosophy or intellectual history to acquire and make their way through it.--Christopher Moore Classical Journal (12/10/2017 12:00:00 AM) The publication of a Loeb Classical Library edition of the evidence for early Greek philosophy is a major event in classical scholarship...The editors and their assistants are to be commended for their exemplary execution of such a vast and difficult task. They have succeeded in producing what is far and away the best available edition of the texts of the early Greek philosophers with accompanying English translation...More than that, their edition effectively supersedes Hermann Diels and Walter Kranz's Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, which has long held sway as the standard edition of the Presocratics, but it only does so because Laks and Most have respectfully taken Diels-Kranz as their model...Laks and Most have set such a high standard with this work that it is hard to imagine that we will see a better general collection on early Greek philosophy in our lifetimes...Laks and Most's philological acumen, judiciousness as editors, and excellence as translators is evident on every page.--John Palmer Arion (2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM) The publication of the Loeb Classical Library's nine-volume set, Early Greek Philosophy, gives us a new edition of the original texts, with fresh translations. It is a monumental achievement--the result of many years of dedicated work on the part of the two editors/translators Andre Laks and Glenn W. Most... We owe a profound debt of gratitude to the editors/translators for their thorough and impeccable scholarship, and to the publishers for their usual high standards of production. If you can afford them, don't hesitate: you will be all the richer for having these volumes on your shelves.--Jeremy Naydler Minerva (3/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)

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