Lukrez: De rerum natura — Klaus Reitberger

Es ist schwer in Worte zu fassen, wie großartig und unschätzbar wertvoll für die Nachwelt dieses über zweitausend Jahre alte Werk aus der Spätphase der römischen Republik uns erscheinen sollte. Seit vielen Jahren ist mir Lukrez in Zitaten und Verweisen immer wieder untergekommen (z.B. bei Bertrand Russell, aber auch in Büchern über Poesie und Naturwissenschaft). […]

Lukrez: De rerum natura — Klaus Reitberger

Greek Philosophy – Socrates — Thought Itself


Socrates (470-400 BCE) is a very famous yet controversial and obscure figure. Like many great thinkers of the ancient world, he did not write his own thoughts down but taught others. It was Plato (430-350 BCE) and another philosopher and historian named Xenophon (not Xenophanes, the philosopher) who wrote about Socrates and his teachings after his […]

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Plato (c. 428 – 348 B.C.) — Scarce Wisdom


Introduction Plato (c. 428 – 348 B.C.) was a hugely important Greek philosopher and mathematician from the Socratic (or Classical) period. He is perhaps the best known, most widely studied and most influential philosopher of all time. Together with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, he provided the main opposition to the Materialist view of the world represented by Democritus and Epicurus, and he helped to lay the foundations of the whole of Western Philosophy. Plato was the founder of the […]

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