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Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology [Hardcover]

Charles H. Kahn
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August 1, 1994 0872202569 978-0872202566
In the sixth century BC, Anaximander of Miletus, an associate of Thales, initiated Western philosophy and science with an inquiry into 'the nature of things' which included a theory of how the world order arose, how the heavens and earth were formed, and how human beings came into existence. Anaximander was the first thinker to propose a geometric model to explain the movement of the heavenly bodies; the cosmological ideas of his school provided the background for all ancient Greek views of the natural world. This new printing of the corrected Centrum printing of 1985 makes available again a work of value for students in classics, philosophy, literature, and the history of science.

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Charles H Kahn is Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872202569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872202566
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,557,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars So many so wrong for so long? November 3, 2006
The primary audience for this book is classical scholars, and they won't pay attention to reader reviews. But if you happen to be a curious layperson who somehow found your way to this page, don't be put off by the sole review from Anna C. Consider this. Kahn's book first appeared in 1960, was reissued in 1985 and 1994, and is still in print after 46 years. It is the only book-length study devoted primarily to Anaximander. It has been cited, in support or opposition, by virtually every subsequent author on the subject, including such leading scholars as Kirk and Raven, Jonathan Barnes, and W. K. C. Guthrie. If you want to understand the current state of scholarship on the Pre-Socratic philosophers, or if you want to think about Anaximander yourself, Kahn's book is indispensable. I never met the man, but I swear he writes without a British accent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Undistinguished and Vapid Scholarship at its Best July 12, 2005
By Anna C.
Continuing a theme that he has so adeptly developed over the course of his "academic" career, Kahn, long the paragon of philosophical pomposity, provides a work that is as pompous and fake as his affected English accent. The inarticulate Kahn once again makes his reader wonder if he possesses any capabilities of basic reasoning at all, basing his entire thesis on the kind of unsubstantiated leaps that are the hallmark of grade school essays. Your time would be better spent taking a fork to your own eye; it would be less masochistic than reading "Anaximander".
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