An Essay on Anaxagoras

An Essay on Anaxagoras

by Malcolm Schofield
An Essay on Anaxagoras

An Essay on Anaxagoras

by Malcolm Schofield


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In Aristotle's view, Anaxagoras stood out from the other Presocratics as a sober man among the incoherent. This book explores the fragmentary evidence both for Anaxagoras' concept of mind - to which Aristotle was particularly referring - and for his subtle, complex and elusive theory of matter and change. It is concerned with two aspects of his writing in particular: its comparatively high ratio of dogmatic assertion to argument, and a pervasive ambiguity or indeterminacy in the presentation of Anaxagoras' philosophical theses. The problems posed by Anaxagoras' work are examined not only by means of philosophical comparison with what survives of other Presocratics, but in the light of the development of the prose book as a vehicle for the communication of ideas in early Greece. A book for the scholar of ancient philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521227223
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/27/1980
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Mind; 2. Primordial mixture; 3. Unlimited smallness; 4. Seeds, portions and opposites; Notes; Bibliography; Index of passages; Index of Greek terms; General index.
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