Hesiod and the Beginnings of Greek Philosophy


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What is the role of Hesiod’s poetry in the beginnings of Greek philosophy? This book explores the question by going beyond the traditional responses that stress either continuities or discontinuities between myth and philosophy. Instead, this volume attempts a reflexive or response-oriented approach, that highlights the active re-appropriation and renewal of Hesiodic thought by the Presocratic philosophers. Its fifteen contributions offer large scale comparisons, historiographical considerations, thematic and generic approaches, and detailed case studies.

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Leopoldo Iribarren, Ph.D (2009), EHESS, is Associate Professor at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris). He has published monographs, translations and articles on early Greek thought and modern philosophy. His most recent book is Fabriquer le monde: technique et cosmogonie dans la poésie grecque archaïque (Classiques Garnier, 2018).
Hugo Koning, Ph.D. (2010), Leiden University, is a teacher of Greek at Leiden University. He publishes on Hesiod, reception studies and mythology. He is the author of Hesiod: The Other Poet. Ancient Reception of a Cultural Icon (Brill, 2010).
Contributors are: Ilaria Andolfi, Xavier Gheerbrant, Richard Hunter, Pierre Judet de La Combe, André Laks, Tom Mackenzie, Kathryn Morgan , Glenn W. Most, Valeria Piano, Marco Antonio Santamaría, Sandra Šćepanović, Stephen Scully, Jenny Strauss Clay, Shaul Tor, Athanassios Vergados.
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Leopoldo Iribarren and Hugo Koning

Part 1 Reflections on Hesiod’s Poetry and the Beginnings of Philosophy

1 On Naming the Origins: Hesiod vs. the Ionians

2 Aristotelian Perspectives on Hesiod: A Programmatic Sketch
André Laks

3 Hesiod and the Presocratics: A Hellenistic Perspective?
Richard Hunter

Part 2 Comparisons of Form and Genre

4 Hesiod, the Presocratic Poets, Aristeas, Epimenides and the Gold Tablets: Genre and Narrative
Tom Mackenzie

5 The World of the Catalogue
Glenn W. Most

6 A Grammar of Self-Referential Statements: Claims for Authority from Hesiod to the Presocratics
Ilaria Andolfi

Part 3 Contrasting Worldviews

7 Thinking about Time and Eternity—From Hesiod and the Presocratics to Plato and Aristotle
Sandra Šćepanović

8 δίκη in Hesiod, Anaximander and Heraclitus
Stephen Scully

9 Xenophanes’ Rejection of Theogony
Shaul Tor

10 Hesiod Reads Empedocles
Jenny Strauss Clay

Part 4 Intertextuality and Continuity

11 Parmenides and the Language of Constraint
Kathryn Morgan

12 Hesiod and Some Linguistic Approaches of the 5th Centure BCE
Athanassios Vergados

13 Addressees, Knowledge, and Action in Hesiod and Empedocles
Xavier Gheerbrant

14 Divine Crime and Punishment: Breaking the Cosmic Law in Hesiod’s Theogony 783–806 and Empedocles’ Fragment DK B115
Marco Antonio Santamaría

15 From Humans to Kosmos: Daimones in the Derveni Papyrus between Hesiod and Plato
Valeria Piano

General Index
Index Locorum
Classicists with an interest in archaic poetry and philosophy, philosophers, scholars interested in reception studies and/or the history of ideas, academic libraries.
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