From, A History of Greek Philosophy, vol. I, The early Presocratics and the Pythagoreans, Cambridge University Press, 1962, pp. 1-25.
Elpenor's notePerhaps the most characteristic element of ancient Greek history is the little progress made in science and technology, a progress that we should expect if the ancient Greeks were as forcefully oriented towards the rationalization that they invented. But they were not. Their heart was after Helen, after Beauty, after God, and inside this primary interest of theirs, they developed and spontaneously measured rationalization.
What we owe to them is their love for knowledge, which was that great, that they developed even a rational dimension in order to approach the truth. They did even that, this was not the primary or peak-point of their mind, and they did not give to that a special importance, because they soon realised this newly developed power to be of very limited abilities. Guthrie’s history suffers all the misinterpretations of the ancient Greeks that the western mind suffers, yet from the information-aspect is the most complete history we have so far. If you use it as an elaborate encyclopedia, not trying by it to be ‘initiated’ to the ancient Greeks, but just to find some information that might be useful in your overall study, then it can prove useful.
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