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Before, and After Socrates

Nature volume 131, page 491 (08 April 1933) | Download Citation



THE elementary character of these lectures scarcely veils the scholarly and human vision of Greek philosophy, hinted at by Prof. Cornford. Taking Socrates as the central figure of Greek philosophy, he describes how the early Ionian science failed to satisfy him, and how the systems of Plato and Aristotle attempt to carry into the interpretations of the world the consequences of Socrates' discovery. The reading of Prof. Cornford's book adds to one's conviction that the fundamental problems of knowledge, as treated by the Greeks, bear a strange resemblance to the major preoccupations of to-day's thinkers.

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