Presocratic Philosophy Overviews - Essay


(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

H. F. Cherniss (lecture date 1948)

SOURCE: H. F. Cherniss, "The Characteristics and Effects of Presocratic Philosophy," in Studies in Presocratic Philosophy, Vol. I, edited by David J. Furley and R. E. Allen, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970, pp. 1-28.

[In the following excerpt from a lecture originally delivered in 1948, Cherniss surveys the Presocratic philosophers and their beliefs while questioning Aristotle's interpretations of some of their theories. Additionally, Cherniss evaluates the contributions of these philosophers to later thinking and writing.]

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