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The Greek Cosmologists

The Greek Cosmologists

Volume 1. The Formation of the Atomic Theory and its Earliest Critics

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  • Date Published: March 1987
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521333283

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  • Furley's study presents a clear picture of the opposing views of the natural world and its contents as seen by philosophers and scientists in classical antiquity. On one side were the materialists whose world was mechanistic, evolutionary, and unbounded, lacking the focus of a natural center. The other side included teleologists, whose world was purposive, non-evolutionary, finite, and centrifocal. This volume takes the reader up to the criticisms of Plato and Aristotle. The second volume will examine Plato and Aristotle's own cosmology and follow the debate to the sixth century. Professor Furley has produced a history of the early views of the physical world whose scope makes this book of major importance.

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    • Date Published: March 1987
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521333283
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.505kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    David Furley, Princeton University, New Jersey

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