The Beginning of Philosophy

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-10-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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In The Beginning of Philosophy Gadamer explores the layers of interpretation and misinterpretation that have built up over 2500 years of Presocratic scholarship. Using Plato and Aristotle as his starting point his analysis moves effortlessly from Simplicius and Diogenes Laertius to the 19th-century German historicists right through to Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger. Gadamer shows us how some of the earliest philosophical concepts such as truth, equality, nature, spirit and being came to be and how our understanding of them today is deeply indebted to Presocratic thinkers. The book is based on a series of lectures delivered by Gadamer in 1967 which were then translated into English and edited by Gadamer for this collection. This is a major philosophical-historical work from one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers.

Author Biography

Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) was a celebrated and influential continental philosopher. He spent the majority of his teaching career at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he became emeritus professor in 1968. He is the author of The Beginning of Knowledge and Truth and Method.

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface

1. The Meaning of Beginning

2. Hermeneutic Access to the Beginning

3. Solid Ground: Plato and Aristotle

4. Life and Soul: The Pbaedo

5. The Soul between Nature and Spirit

6. From the Soul to the Logos: The Theatetusand the Sophist

7. Aristotle's Doxographical Approach

8. Ionic Thinking in Aristotle's Physics

9. Parmenides and the Opinions of the Mortals

10. Parmenides and Being


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