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Review of Laks, André / Most, Glenn W ― Early Greek Philosophy, in 9 vols., Cambridge MS 2016 (Loeb Classical Library 524–532). Les débuts de la Philosophie, des premiers penseurs grecs à Socrate, Paris 2016


Rossetti, Livio; Ferber, Rafael (2017). Review of Laks, André / Most, Glenn W ― Early Greek Philosophy, in 9 vols., Cambridge MS 2016 (Loeb Classical Library 524–532). Les débuts de la Philosophie, des premiers penseurs grecs à Socrate, Paris 2016. Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft, 70:65-68.

Abstract

"The fragments and testimonia of the early Greek philosophers (often labeled the Presocratics) 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 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 contains introductory and reference materials essential for using all other parts of the edition. Volumes II–III include chapters on ancient doxography, background, and the Ionians from Pherecydes to Heraclitus. Volumes IV–V present western Greek thinkers from the Pythagoreans to Hippo. Volumes VI–VII comprise later philosophical systems and their aftermath in the fifth and early fourth centuries. Volumes VIII–IX present fifth-century reflections on language, rhetoric, ethics, and politics (the so-called sophists and Socrates) and conclude with an appendix on philosophy and philosophers in Greek drama."

Abstract

"The fragments and testimonia of the early Greek philosophers (often labeled the Presocratics) 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 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 contains introductory and reference materials essential for using all other parts of the edition. Volumes II–III include chapters on ancient doxography, background, and the Ionians from Pherecydes to Heraclitus. Volumes IV–V present western Greek thinkers from the Pythagoreans to Hippo. Volumes VI–VII comprise later philosophical systems and their aftermath in the fifth and early fourth centuries. Volumes VIII–IX present fifth-century reflections on language, rhetoric, ethics, and politics (the so-called sophists and Socrates) and conclude with an appendix on philosophy and philosophers in Greek drama."

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:2017
Deposited On:18 Jun 2019 12:31
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:36
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Wagner GmbH
ISSN:0003-6293
Additional Information:This review is rooted in a similar one which was published in several different languages in 2016-17. Most of these are available in the section "Reviews" of https://unipg.academia.edu/LivioRossetti
OA Status:Closed
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