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Publisher Comments:

Building on the virtues that made the first edition of A Presocratics Reader the most widely used sourcebook for the study of the Presocratics and Sophists, the second edition offers even more value and a wider selection of fragments from these philosophical predecessors and contemporaries of Socrates.

With revised introductions, annotations, suggestions for further reading, and more, the second edition draws on the wealth of new scholarship published on these fascinating thinkers over the past decade or more, a remarkably rich period in Presocratic studies.

At the volume's core, as ever, are the fragments themselves--but now in thoroughly revised and, in some cases, new translations by Richard D. McKirahan and Patricia Curd, among them those of the recently published Derveni Papyrus.

Book News Annotation:

This reference began in 1996 as a revised and expanded version of the first section of Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy (Hackett, 1995), and the changes for this edition will be folded back into the next edition of the mother volume. The changes include new discoveries, new decypherments, and new ideas about existing texts. The readings here are selective and representative rather than comprehensive. Maps and a timeline are included along with a concordance. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Patricia Curd is Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University.
Richard D. McKirahan is Edwin Clarence Norton Professor of Classics and Professor of Philosophy at Pomona College.

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Selected Fragments and Testimonia
Curd, Patricia
McKirahan, Richard D.
McKirahan, Richard D. (TRN)
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Philosophy : General
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Second Edition,2
Hackett Classics
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8.5 x 5.5 in 6 oz

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