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The World of Parmenides

Essays on the Presocratic Enlightenment



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The World of Parmenides by Karl Popper
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The World of Parmenides comprises several essays on ancient Greek philosophy, inspired, as Sir Karl Popper himself states in his preface, by two desires - first, to illustrate the thesis that all history is the history of problem situations and that in following this principle we may further our understanding of the Presocratics and other thinkers of the past; and second, to show the greatness of the early Greek philosophers, who gave Europe its philosophy, its science and its humanism. This unique collection of essays, published together for the first time, not only elucidates the complexity of ancient Greek thought, but also reveals Popper's engagement with Presocratic philosophy and the enlightenment he experienced in reading Parmenides. This collection also includes some pieces that have never before appeared in print. These writings on Greek science, philosophy and history have been collected and edited by Arne F. Petersen, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, and demonstrate Popper's life-long fascination with and love for the Presocratic philosophers, in particular Parmenides, Xenophanes and Heraclitus.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 1998
Edited by Arne F. Petersen Edited by Jorgen Mejer
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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