GREEK PHILOSOPHY: From Thales to the Cynics is a masterpiece of brief exposition. Without fanfare, it explains the concepts of the ancient Greek philosophers clearly and concisely. Starting with Thales and the School of Miletus, it presents the concepts of the Pythagoreans, the Eleatics, the Atomists, the Sophists, Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, the Skeptics, the Epicureans and the Cynics. From the pre-Socratics through the major developments of main stream Greek Philosophy it outlines the rise of the thought processes that have defined Western Civilization.
Here, in one volume, is a synopsis of the source of philosophical inquiry in the Western world. Although life's important questions had been asked by wise men and small children from many cultures for uncounted centuries before the Greeks, it is from the surviving documents of the early Greeks that the record of such questions and their proposed answers have been handed down to the modern world. Without the written speculations and arguments of the ancient Greeks, that body of thought which we today call philosophy would hardly exist.
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