- Series: Phoenix Presocractic Series
- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (July 11, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802069134
- ISBN-13: 978-0802069139
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heraclitus: Fragments (Phoenix Presocractic Series)
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Thomas M. Robinson is Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto.
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T.M. Robinson's book on Heraclitus has its virtues. The translation is good. It often offers the original context in which a Heraclitean fragment was quoted by the ancient source. It is a handy, compact, quick reference to the fragments for the student or scholar who doesn't want to dig around in Charles Kahn's maze with only a jumble of Roman numerals to light the way (The Art and Thought of Heraclitus: An Edition of the Fragments with Translation and Commentary), and thus makes a good compliment to that or another edition of Heraclitus.
But the commentary is uninspired and anemic. I should note that Robinson is never foolish or careless--he is clearly competent. But his commentary is unremarkable and all too often fails to arrive at any real conclusions about Heraclitus' meaning. In fact, it pretty much seems cobbled together from the work of a few other scholars and the result is a fairly bland, fairly inconclusive series of notes on Heraclitus.
Thus, I highly recommend the book as an edition and translation of Heraclitus, but not as a general introduction to his writings. It makes an excellent companion to other works, and offers a few interesting bibliographical pointers, but that's about it.