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By Nicholas Rescher

Nicholas Rescher offers the 1st entire chronology of philosophical anecdotes, spanning from antiquity to the present period. He introduces us to the most important thinkers, texts, and ancient sessions of Western philosophy, recounting the various tales philosophers have used over the years to interact with problems with philosophical situation: questions of that means, fact, wisdom, price, motion, and ethics.

Rescher’s anecdotes contact on quite a lot of themes—from common sense to epistemology, ethics to metaphysics—and supply a lot perception into the breadth and intensity of philosophical inquiry. This publication illustrates many of the methods philosophers all through historical past have seen the problems of their box, and the way anecdotes can paintings to notify and inspire philosophical concept.

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72. Socrates’s Disappointment Durkheim’s Suicides 204 31 FURTHER READING Aristotle. De cealo [On the Heavens]. The most accessible version is that of W. D. Ross in the Oxford translation of The Works of Aristotle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908. Burnet, John. Early Greek Philosophy. 4th ed. London: Macmillan, 1930. Kahn, Charles H. The Art and Thought of Heraclitus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. Kirk, G. , J. E. Raven and M. Schofield. The Pre-Socratic Philosophers. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Oxford: Clarendon, 1921. Kirk, G. , J. E. Raven, and M. Schofield. The Pre-Socratic Philosophers. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983. Rescher, Nicholas. Paradoxes. Chicago: Open Court, 2001. Salmon, Wesley C. Zeno’s Paradoxes. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1970. 26 8 THE ATOMISTS’ NATURE THE GREEK PHILOSOPHER LEUCIPPUS of Miletus (ca. 470– ca. 380 BC) and his younger contemporary Democritus of Abdera (ca. 460–ca. 370 BC) were the founding fathers of Greek atomism, the theory that all that there is in the physical world is nothing but atoms and the void: a vast manifold of imperceptibly minute and hard material particles moving about in empty space.

Mandeville’s Bees 143 31. 33. FURTHER READING Annas, Julia. An Introduction to Plato’s Republic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981. Plato. The Republic. , Daryl H. Price, A Guide to Plato’s Republic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998); Greg Recco, Athens Victorious: Democracy in Plato’s Republic (Lanham: Lexington, 2007); and Sean Sayers, Plato’s Republic: An Introduction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999).  Plato, The Republic, 412B–44B. 37 13 PLATO’S RING OF GYGES IN BOOK II OF The Republic, Plato uses the story of a magic ring to illustrate the benefits of moral comportment: This licence I have spoken of is much the same as the power which the shepherd Gyges had, the ancestor of Gyges the Lydian.

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