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The Beginning of Knowledge

Bloomsbury Revelations

By (author) Hans-Georg Gadamer
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Published: 20th Oct 2016
Dimensions: w 140mm h 216mm d 10mm
Weight: 223g
ISBN-10: 1474294332
ISBN-13: 9781474294331
Barcode No: 9781474294331
The Beginning of Knowledge brings together almost all of Gadamer's essays on the Presocratics. In each of the essays Gadamer discusses the origins of knowledge in the western philosophical tradition. Beginning with a hermeneutical and philological investigation of the Heraclitus fragments he moves on to a discussion of the Greek Atomists and the Presocratic cosmologists. In the final two essays he elaborates on the profound debt that modern science owes to the Greeks and shows how their works have shaped modern day physics, mathematics and medicine. The philosophers discussed include Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Anaximander, Heraclitus and Parmenides. This is a major work from one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers.

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[Gadamer's] views on the ancient Greeks provide a powerful reply to Heidegger's enormously creative, but less than accurate interpretations...Whether or not one finds Gadamer's Platonic route to the pre-Socratics to be successful, he produces stimulating insights into their views and challenges one to rearticulate why Gadamer might be wrong, if he is wrong. Such challenges are always welcome. * David Vessey in Philosophy in Review *