Early Greek Thought: Contexts of Emergence and Influence of the Pre-Socratics

Early Greek Thought: Contexts of Emergence and Influence of the Pre-Socratics

Hardback Continuum Studies in Ancient Philosophy

By (author) James Luchte

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 234mm x 22mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 144114661X
  • ISBN 13: 9781441146618
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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Early Greek Thought calls into question a longstanding mythology - operative in both the Analytic and Continental traditions - that the Pre-Socratics had the grandiose audacity to break with all traditional forms of knowledge (Badiou). Each of the variants of this mythology will be dismantled in an attempt to not only retrieve an indigenous interpretation of early Greek thought, but also to expose the mythological character of our own contemporary meta-narratives regarding the origins of Western, Occidental philosophy. Using an original hermeneutical approach, Luchte excavates the context of emergence of early Greek thought through an exploration of the mytho-poetic horizons of the archaic world, in relation to which, as Plato testifies, the Greeks were merely children. Luchte discloses philosophy in the tragic age as a creative response to a contestation of mytho-poetic narratives and ways of being. The tragic character of early Greek thought will be unfolded through a cultivation of a conversation between its basic thinkers, one which would remain incomprehensible, with Bataille, in the absence of myth and the exile of poetry.

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James Luchte is Lecturer of Philosophy and Programme Co-ordinator of the MA in European Philosophy at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, in Wales. His other publications include The Peacock and the Buffalo: The Poetry of Nietzsche (translator), Pythagoras and the Doctrine of Transmigration, Heidegger's Early Philosophy: The Phenomenology of Ecstatic Temporality, Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Before Sunrise (editor) and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: A Reader's Guide (all Continuum). He has also published numerous articles on various topics in European Philosophy.

Table of contents

Opening: The Motif of the Dawn; 1. The Dance of Being: Contexts of Emergence and Mytho-Poetic Horizons: Mesopotamia, Babylon, and the Archaic World; 2. 'War is the mother of all things': Nietzsche and the Birth of Philosophy; 3. Aletheia and Being: Heidegger contra Nietzsche; 4. Philosophy as Tragedy (and Comedy) - Bataille, Derrida and Krell; 5. The Question of the First - Thales and Anaximander; 6. Recoiling from the Abyss - Anaximenes and Xenophanes; 7. All is Flux - Heraclitus; 8. Eternal Return of the Soul - Pythagoras; 9. Tragic Differing - Parmenides; 10. Love, Strife and Mind: Empedocles and Anaxagoras; 11. Optimism and Irony - Socrates; 12. The Divine Beauty of Chaos - Democritus; 13. The Moral Law - Plato and the Matheme; Epilogue: The Legacy of Early Greek Thought; Bibliography; Index.