History of Ancient Philosophy - Early Greek Philosophy II: seminar papers (ordinary course)

Period of duration of course
Course info
Number of course hours
Number of hours of lecturers of reference
Number of hours of supplementary teaching

Modalità esame



View lecturer details


These seminar papers are primarily aimed at ordinary students, but can be profitably attended also by PhD students. A good working command of ancient Greek is desirable, though not strictly indispensable.


This course is a continuation of the lectures (‘Early Greek Philosophy I’) aimed at students of both the ordinary and the PhD course. It will consist of a series of seminar papers delivered by students of the ordinary course. 

Obiettivi formativi

The course will propose a detailed examination, in seminar form, of fundamental philosophical texts and issues from classical antiquity, considered from various points of view: historical genesis and fortune, conceptual substance, philological issues. 

Riferimenti bibliografici

General collections:

  • J. Barnes, The Presocratic Philosophers, 2nd edn, Routledge 1982.
  • H. Diels, W. Kranz, Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, sechste Auflage, Berlin 1951–2.
  • G. S. Kirk, J. Raven, M. Schofield, The Presocratic Philosophers, 2nd edn, Cambridge 1983.
  • A. Laks, G. W. Most, Early Greek Philosophy, 9 vols, Cambridge (MA) and London 2016 = Les débuts de la philosophie, 2e édition, Paris 2018. 

Some editions and translations of individual authors:

  • A. H. Coxon, The Fragments of Parmenides, 2nd edn, Las Vegas, Zurich and Athens 2009.
  • P. Curd, Anaxagoras of Clazomenae: Fragments and Testimonia, Toronto 2007.
  • B. Inwood, The Poem of Empedocles, 2nd edn, Toronto 2001.
  • C. H. Kahn, The Art and Thought of Heraclitus, Cambridge 1979.
  • W. Leszl, I primi atomisti, Firenze 2009.

Further bibliographical information will be provided during the course.