Science before Socrates: Parmenides, Anaxagoras, and the New Astronomy

2014.03.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel W. Graham, Science before Socrates: Parmenides, Anaxagoras, and the New Astronomy, Oxford University Press, 2013,
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2014.03.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel W. Graham, Science before Socrates: Parmenides, Anaxagoras, and the New Astronomy, Oxford University Press, 2013, 287pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199959785. Reviewed by Jenny Bryan, University College London There seems to be something of a trend in current scholarship on the Presocratics, and on Parmenides in particular, to focus on the apparent value of their natural philosophy. In most cases, this translates into efforts to identify evidence of advances in scientific knowledge based on correct (or, at least, plausible) interpretation of empirical evidence. There is a commonly held desire to emphasise that (some of) the Presocratics were engaged in more than armchair speculation about first principles or the physical nature of the heavenly bodies. Rather, it is argued, these thinkers should be acknowledged not only as getting things right about, in particular, astronomy, but as having got. . .

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