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The Concept of Presocratic Philosophy: Its Origin, Development, and Significance

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2018.05.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews André Laks, The Concept of Presocratic Philosophy: Its Origin, Development, and Significance, Glenn W. Most (tr.), Princeton University Press, 2018, 137pp., $29.95, ISBN 9780691175454. Reviewed by Daniel W. Graham, Brigham Young University What's in a name? Would Presocratic philosophy by any other name be as profound and important? André Laks, a leading scholar of Presocratic philosophy, addresses this question is a slender volume, newly translated from the French,[1] about the scholarly understanding of the first philosophers. How do we classify early Greek philosophy, and what difference does it make? The term 'Presocratic,' as our author points out, is a modern invention, coined by Johann August Eberhard (in the German version 'vorsokratische Philosophie') in a book on the history of philosophy published in 1788. But the question of how philosophy originated goes back to the Greeks themselves. Laks. . .

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