Presocratic Philosophy

[Revised entry by Patricia Curd on April 4, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The Presocratics were 6th and 5th century BCE Greek thinkers who introduced a new way of
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[Revised entry by Patricia Curd on April 4, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The Presocratics were 6th and 5th century BCE Greek thinkers who introduced a new way of inquiring into the world and the place of human beings in it. They were recognized in antiquity as the first philosophers and scientists of the Western tradition. This article is a general introduction to the most important Presocratic philosophers and the main themes of Presocratic thought. More detailed discussions can be found by consulting the articles on these philosophers (and related topics) in the SEP (listed below). The...

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