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Myth and Science, Fall 2013 Reading Guide, Week 5: BWS 27-34 and Wheelwright’s Presocratics I (CW) BWS 27-34 1. From which part of the Greek world were the very first Greek philosophers (6 th century BCE)? Who is considered the first philosopher? 2. Lindberg describes 3 basic problems (or research questions) that concerned the Greek philosophers. Briefly describe these problems. 3. According to Lindberg, what is important about these questions and how the philosophers tried to answer them? [Lindberg describes 3 key features of Presocratics’ approach to these problems] [CW] Wheelwright’s Presocratics 1 : Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Heraclitus, Parmenides 4. In what ways are the Presocratics “scientific,” according to Wheelwright? [Wheelwright describes 3 features of Presocratic thought] 5. What two questions does Wheelwright identify as the ones the Milesians are concerned with? Keep these two questions foremost in your mind as you read this material.
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