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A History of Philosophy in Epitome


The effort has been made to translate, and not to paraphrase the
author’s meaning. Many of his statements might have been
amplified without diffuseness, and made more perceptible to the
superficial reader without losing their interest to the more profound
student, but he has so happily seized upon the germs of the
different systems, that they neither need, nor would be improved
by any farther development, and has, moreover, presented them so
clearly, that no student need have any difficulty in apprehending
them as they are. The translator has therefore endeavored to
represent faithfully and clearly the original history. As such, he
offers his work to the American public, indulging no hope, and
making no efforts for its success beyond that which its own merits
shall ensure.
J. H. S.
Schenectady, N. Y., January, 1856.
CONTENTS.
[Pg vii]
INTRODUCTORY NOTE, by Henry B. SMITH, D. D.
TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section I.
WHAT IS MEANT BY THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
II.— CLASSIFICATION
III.— GENERAL VIEW OF THE PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHY
1. The Ionics
2. The Pythagoreans
3. The Eleatics
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