Geoffrey Stephen Kirk, 1921–2003

Hugh Lloyd-Jones

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 124. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, III

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Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263204
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734205 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Geoffrey Stephen Kirk, 1921–2003

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Between 1949 and 1959, Geoffrey Kirk published several valuable articles on Heraclitus and one on Anaximander; and his book Heraclitus: the Cosmic Fragments appeared in 1954. By this title he indicated those fragments ‘whose subject-matter is the world as a whole, as opposed to men’, on which he supplied a learned and judicious commentary, which has stood the test of time. In 1957 the first edition of The Presocratic Philosophers, edited by Kirk in collaboration with J. E. Raven, appeared. This book is an invaluable substitute for the selection of texts from the almost complete collection of fragments and testimonies edited by H. Diels and W. Kranz that had been provided by H. Ritter and L. Preller (edn. 9, 1913), and it contains a commentary that for the most part is of high quality.

Keywords: Heraclitus; Anaximander; fragments; The Presocratic Philosophers; J. E. Raven

Chapter.  3331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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