By Jonathan Barnes
The works amassed during this quantity shape the real beginning of Western philosophy—the base upon which Plato and Aristotle and their successors could finally construct. but the significance of the Pre-Socratics thinkers lies much less of their influence—great although that was—than of their impressive highbrow ambition and creative achieve. Zeno's dizzying 'proofs' that movement is very unlikely; the extreme atomic theories of Democritus; the haunting and enigmatic epigrams of Heraclitus; and the maxims of Alcmaeon: fragmentary as they generally are, the concepts of those philosophers appear strikingly glossy of their problem to forge a really medical vocabulary and manner of reasoning.
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