Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Founders of Western Thought – The Presocratics

A diachronic parallelism between Presocratic Thought and Philosophy and the Natural Sciences

Authors: Vamvacas, Constantine J.

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  • The Presocratics were the first to interpret the universe critically through a unique combination of rational thought, intuition and observation, excluding any intervention of divine or supernatural powers
  • They appealed to man’s conscience, elevating man to a free and responsible position
  • They posed the fundamental questions about "truth," "being," and "becoming"
  • They laid the foundations for critical investigation, without which science would not exist
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There are two main points within this book: Firstly, to make the founding and evolution of  Western thought accessible to the reflective man of our day, since the spirit of the Presocratics – although it is considered to constitute a true intellectual revolution - remains unknown to the broader community and secondly to shed greater light – probably for the first time - on the scientific dimension of the Presocratics’ work, and show its timeless value.

This book is a balanced interdisciplinary philosophic-scientific presentation of the evolution of Western thought through the presocratic tradition, where the synthesis of rationality and intuition – rather than their opposition - is the key to answering all questions of science, as we now understand the them. It is a book that investigates the
roots of Western science and philosophy, where probably for the first time a coherent interrelation is shown between presocratics’ thought and classical, as well as modern physical sciences.

It is addressed to the intelligent layperson as well as to the scientist of our time, who is interested in the emergence and evolution of Western thought – both scientific and philosophic.  It  will appeal to professionals and graduate students interested in general philosophy and philosophy of science.

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“Vamvacas provides a very neat survey of presocratic philosophers in chronological order detailing their contributions to modern science. … provide a fairly lucid introduction to presocratic thought. The book was originally written in Greek in 2001 and has been translated in a manner that is easily accessible to non-historians, including Vamvacas’ desired scientific readership.” (Luciano Boschiero, Metascience, Vol. 19 (3), November, 2010)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Founders of Western Thought – The Presocratics
Book Subtitle
A diachronic parallelism between Presocratic Thought and Philosophy and the Natural Sciences
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
257
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9791-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9791-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9790-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8935-7
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 293
Additional Information
Original German edition published by Patmos/Artemis & Winkler Verlaag
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