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According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Presocratic philosophers are the Western thinkers preceding Socrates (c.469-c.399 B.C.E.) but including some thinkers who were roughly contemporary with Socrates, such as Protagoras (c.490-c.420 B.C.E.). The application of the term “philosophy” to the Presocratics is somewhat anachronistic, but is certainly different from how many people currently think of philosophy. The Presocratics were interested in a wide variety of topics, especially in what we now think of as natural science rather than philosophy. These early thinkers often sought naturalistic explanations and causes for physical phenomena...Such an emphasis on physical explanations marked a break with more traditional ways of thinking that indicated the gods as primary causes."
The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy by
Call Number: B188 .C35 1999 - 3rd floor
Publication Date: 1999
The major Presocratics are discussed in this volume both as individuals and collectively in chapters on rational theology, epistemology, psychology, rhetoric and relativism, justice, and poetics.
Presocratic Philosophy: A Very Short ntroduction by
Call Number: B187.5 .O82 2004 - 3rd floor
Publication Date: 2004
This is a book about the invention of Western philosophy, and the first thinkers to explore ideas about the nature of reality, time, and the origin of the universe.
The Texts of Early Greek Philosophy by
Call Number: B187.5 .T49 2010X Parts 1 & 2 - 3rd floor
Publication Date: 2010
This set contains the complete fragments and a generous selection of testimonies for twenty major Presocratic thinkers.