Ionian philosophy constitutes the very beginnings of Greek philosophy ; in other words, it is inseparably linked with the first expression of philosophical thought and of the spirit of enquiry. Despite its fragmentary character (or perhaps, precisely because of this) it is reprensented by so many- ranging thinkers and diverse personalities of the archaic period of Greek philosophy; Ionian philosophy is forever topical and sparks the mind and interest of researchers, thus proving that a return to the roots is always an appealing and profitable slogan.

In the present volume, distinquished scholars, specialists in the Presocratic period of Greek philosophy, deal mainly with the philosophy of the Milesians, Heraclitus, the Pythagoreans, Xenophanes, Melissus and Anaxagoras. Important issues and problems related to the beginnings of Greek philosophy ( historiography of philosophy ),the sources,the interpretation of Presocratic philosophy, cosmogony, the theory of knowledge, moral and political thought, and the influence of Ionian thought are authoritatively examined by the contributors to the volume. The scope of the topics and the perspectives that are opened for recearch into archaic philosophy with the issues raised by the writers are truly impressive. From this aspect and because of the originality of the views put forward, the volume constitutes an important academic event and an indispensible and extremely useful aid for anyone engaged in research into the Presocratic period of Greek philosophy.


Abraham, W. E. ,
The dialectic of Milesian cosmology.
Alexandrakis, A. ,
The notion of beauty in the pythagorean structure of the universe.
Anton, J. P.,
Ionian philosophy in Athens: the Presocratic Socrates.
Banu, I. ,
Structures theorique communes dans la philosophie Grécque presocratique.
Bolton, R.,
Nature and human good in Heraclitus.
Boudouris, K.,
Heraclitus and the dialectical conception of politics.
Casertano, G.,
Time, movement and death in the philosophy of the Ionians.
Classen, C. J.,
Xenophanes and the tradition of epic poetry.
L. La notion d'aion chez Héraclite.
Furley, D.,
Melissus of Samos.
Gallop, D. ,
The riddles of Heraclitus.
Georgopoulos, N.,
Why Heraklitus is not a philosopher.
Gigon, OL.,
Anaxagoras bei Platon und Aristoteles.
Glucker, J. ,
Who invented "hylozoism"?
Haden, J.,
Ionian naturalism and Plato's Ion.
Hetzler, FL.,
Heraclitos: neglected star of Ionian philosophy in Greek Ephesus.
Huffman, C.,
Philolau's cosmogony.
Juffras, Ang.,
Milesian philosophy and the origins of philosophy. A historiographic essay.
Kahn, CH.,
The historical position of Anaxagoras.
Karnos, D.,
On Apollonius, Pythagoras and the Jaina vision.
Lambrellis, D.,
The world as play : Nietzsche and Heraclitus.
Mansfeld, J.,
Fiddling the books (Heraclitus B 129).
McCoy, M.,
Xenophanes' epistemology: empiricism leading to skepticism.
McKirahan, R.D.,
Speculations on the origins of Ionian scientific and philosophical thought.
Michaelides, K.,
Die transzendez dez Logos bei Heraklit.
Moravcsik, J.,
Heraclitus at the crossroads of Pre-socratic thought.
Mouraviev, S. N.,
Comment interpréter Héraclite: vers une méthodologie scientifique des études héraclitéennes.
Mourelatos, A. P. D.,
"X is really Y" : Ionian origins of a thought pattern.
Nails, D.,
The pythagorean women philosophers: ethics of the household.
O'Brien, D.,
Heraclitus on the unity of opposites.
Ostenfeld, E.,
Early pythagorean principles: Peras and Apeiron.
Papathanassiou, M.,
Geometric figures and divinities in early Pythagoreans.
Papanikolaou, A.,
Anaximenes und Corpus Hippocraticum.
Philippoussis, J.,
The gnoseological and metaphysical particularity of Xenophanes' thought.
Purtill, R.,
The unity of pythagorean philosophy.
Robinson, T. M.,
Methodology in the reading of Heraclitus.
Rosseti, L.,
About the disunity of Heraclitus' thought.
Sider, D.,
Word order and sense in Heraclitus : fragment one and the river fragment.
Silvestre, M. L.,
Simplicius' testimony concerning Anaxagoras.
Suzuki, T.,
Psyche and Logos in Heraclitus' philosophy.
Tejera, V.,
The expressive medium of the Ionian Presocratics.
Tjiattas, M.,
Pythagorean askesis and the educative preconditions of sophrosyne.
Viano, C.,
" Heraclitus and Aenesidamus" Les phénomènes et le koinos.
Vincenzo, J.,
The great disciple of Heraclitus.
Yamakawa, H.,
Heraclitus and Chuang-Tzi: a dialogue on the unity of opposites between east and west.
Yonezawa, S.,
Xenophanes : his self-consciouness as a wiseman and fr. 34.
Wubnig, J.,
Anaximenes and the opposites.