Open Door Philosophy

Ep. 41 Who Were the Pre-Socratics?

October 04, 2022 OpenDoorPhilosophy
Open Door Philosophy
Ep. 41 Who Were the Pre-Socratics?
Show Notes

Most people are generally aware of the story that philosophy began a very long time ago in Greece, and the three largely responsible for its beginning were Plato, Aristotle, and the great Socrates, but they weren’t the first philosophers. There was a rich tradition of thinkers who came before The Big Three, an unaffiliated group who demonstrated a degree of curiosity that would become synonymous with philosophical thinking and lay the foundation of what would eventually be known as Greek Rationalism. Scholarship calls this group of thinkers the Pre-Socratics, but rather than being defined by just having come before Socrates, the Pre-Socratics philosophical project was that of the nature of things: where do things come from? What are things made of? Can something come from nothing? Though today in the light of our scientific knowledge we find their reflections on nature perhaps simplistic and incomplete, there is a charm to their thinking from which much can be still gained.

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