Patricia Curd and Daniel W. Graham

in The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195146875
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199892112 | DOI:



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This article is concerned with the first philosophers and scientists in the Western tradition. It studies the Presocratic philosophers. One can approach early Greek philosophy through either particular figures of the period or thematic studies that cover broader time periods. If the term “Presocratic philosopher” is a conventional designation established by scholars, it marks out a set of figures who do seem to merit special attention. So as long as there is a tribe of philosophers in the West, they will look back to the first antecedents of their profession. And it seems that the Presocratics are the obvious candidates for founders of the movement.

Keywords: philosophers; scientists; Western tradition; Presocratics; Greek philosophy

Article.  10046 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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