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In this masterclass Emanuele Severino, one of the most important contemporary Italian philosophers, explains us Presocratics and the birth of philosophy.
The Presocratics were the first thinkers to reject mythological explanations of the world and to explore the rational principles of reality. The works of Thales, Heraclitus and Parmenides paved the way for the thoughts of Plato and Aristotle; their theories gave the birth of the Western philosophy.
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|Section 1: The birth of philosophy|
The Western worldPreview
The early thinkersPreview
The search for truthPreview
The value of myth
From myth to philosophy
Love of wisdom?
The search of the Arche
The greek meaning of truth
|Section 2: The first philosophers|
Thales of Miletus
The principle of all things
Water: a philosophical principle
Absolute nothingness and death
The supreme remedy
Heraclitus of Ephesus
The struggle between opposites
Parmenides of Elea
|Section 3: Parmenides and being|
Being is, nothingness is not
The world is illusion
|Section 4: Conclusion|
The evolution of Western thought
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