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History of Philosophy I

From Heraclitus to the Sophists


Michal Zvarík

This coursebook addresses key presocratics from Heraclitus to the sophists, who stand at the origin of philosophy as cornerstone of European spirituality. Readers might find that already at this point we encounter timeless and actual questions concerning the human condition in the world, limits of our knowledge, or the problem of adequate articulation of reality. Later thinkers did not philosophised from scratch, but criticised or were inspired by their predecessors. The coursebook thus provides an introduction to presocratic thought as an important field of our spiritual history.
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Michal Zvarík works as a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Trnava University. His research interests include ancient Greek philosophy, Hannah Arendt and phenomenology, mostly in relation to phenomena of a political space. In present he is providing research on intellectual virtues in Aristotle, especially on the problem of phronesis. In 2011 he published Predsudok vo fenomenológii každodennosti: Štruktúra predsudku u Edmunda Husserla, Alfreda Schütza a Martina Heideggera and in 2013 co-translated Home & Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl, by Anthony Steinbock into Slovak.

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