The Presocratic Philosophers
Author: Jonathan Barnes
Table of Contents
Preface. Preface to the Revised Edition. Note to Citations. PROLOGUE. 1. The Springs of Reason 2.
Anaximander on Nature 3. Science and Speculation 4. The Natural Philosophy of Heraclitus 5. The Divine
Philosophy of Xenophanes 6. Pythagoras and the Soul 7. The Moral Law 8. The Principles of Human
Knowledge THE SERPENT. 9. Parmenides and the Objects of Inquiry 10. Being and Becoming 11.
Stability and Change 12. Zeno: Paradox and Plurality 13. Zeno: Paradox and Progression 14. The Ports
of Knowledge Closed PARADISE REGAINED. 15. The Ionian Revival 16. Anaxagoras and the Nature of
Stuffs 17. The Corpuscularian Hypothesis 18. Philolaus and the Formal Cause 19. The Logic of
Locomotion 20. The Neo-Ionian World Picture 21. The Sophists 22. De Anima 23. Conduct Unbecoming
24. The Bounds of Knowledge EPILOGUE. 25. The Last of the Line Appendix A Sources. Appendix B
Chronology. Notes. Bibliography (revised 1981). Indexes. Concordance.
The Presocratics were the founding fathers of the Western philosophical tradition, and the first masters of
rational thought. This volume provides a comprehensive and precise exposition of their arguments, and
offers a rigorous assessment of their contribution to philosophical thought.