1. The Beginnings of Science and Philosophy in Archaic Greece

  1. Mary Louise Gill1 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin2
  1. Edward Hussey

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch1

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Hussey, E. (2012) The Beginnings of Science and Philosophy in Archaic Greece, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Brown University, USA

  2. 2

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845

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Keywords:

  • Early Greek Philosophy;
  • beginnings of science and philosophy in Archaic Greece;
  • the Homeric-Hesiodic world-view, two features;
  • gods as central to the intelligibility of the world;
  • Hesiod's Theogony, the world in terms of anthropomorphic gods;
  • Homeric-Hesiodic world-view, opened to challenge;
  • gods of Homer and Hesiod, of traditional Greek belief, humanly credible;
  • new kind of theoretical entity, and unrestricted general reasonings;
  • Aristotle on pre-theoretical in Homer and Hesiod style, as essentially incomplete;
  • “Teleology”, studying the ancient world, as a modern understanding of things

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Homer and Hesiod: A Pre-scientific Conception of the World

  • Innovation at Miletus: Aristotle on Thales His New Style of Cosmology

  • The Theoretical Enterprise Unfolds: A Post-Aristotelian Interpretation

  • Theoretical Reflections on the Limits and Presuppositions of Cosmology: The Origins of Greek Philosophy

  • Questions and Disputes

  • Bibliography