The Presocratic Philosophers

By Jonathan Barnes | Go to book overview
V The Divine Philosophy of Xenophanes 82
(a) A wandering minstrel82
(b) Summa theologiae84
(c) Theology and science94
VI Pythagoras and the Soul 100
(a) Ipse dixit100
(b) The progress of the soul103
(c) Metempsychosis, mystricism and logic106
(d) Selves and bodies111
(e) Intimations of immortality114
VII The Moral Law 121
(a) First steps in ethics121
(b) Eating people is wrong122
(c) Heraclitus and the laws of God127
VIII The Principles of Human Knowledge 136
(a) The origins of scepticism136
(b) The foundation of empirical knowledge143
THE SERPENT
IX Parmenides and the Objects of Inquiry 155
(a) Parmenides’ journey155
(b) At the crossroads157
(c) The paths of ignorance165
(d) Gorgias on what is not173
Appendix: A formalization of Parmenides ‘argument174
X Being and Becoming 176
(a) Parmenidean metaphysics176
(b) Melissus’ metaphysics180
(c) On generation and destruction184
(d) Being and time190
(e) Eternity194
(f) The logic of becoming197
XI Stability and Change 200
(a) The limits of the world200
(b) The Eleatic One204
(c) Homogeneity207
(d) Wholeness210
(e) Change and decay214
(f) The void217
(g) Corporeal being223
(h) The philosophy of Elea228

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • Preface to the Revised Edition xv
  • Note on Citations xxii
  • Prologue 1
  • Eden 17
  • The Serpent 153
  • Paradise Regained 303
  • Epilogue 565
  • Notes 594
  • Bibliography (revised 1981) 647
  • Indexes 676
  • Concordance 694
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