By David Sider, Dirk Obbink

This quantity includes the lawsuits of a convention at the Presocratic philosophers Pythagoras and Heraclitus. Investigated via a crew of foreign students are key difficulties in doxography, Pythagorean groups, emblems, concord, psychology, flux, quantity thought, ethics, and theology. Designed for all scholars of old philosophy, this quantity will spur additional investigations into those cardinal issues of early Greek clinical thinkers.

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