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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
David J. Furley (Project Director: January 1977 to present)

Concept and Controversies in Greek Philosophy of Nature

To study the development of atomistic theory of nature, formulated by Democritus in response to the paradoxes of Parmenides and Zeno. To focus on the critique of atomistic ways of thought and the construction of an alternative philosophy of nature by Plato and Aristotle.

Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Seminars for College Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$43,808 (approved)
$43,808 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1977 – 9/30/1977


Robert L. Kane
Miami University, Oxford (Oxford, OH 45056-1602)

The Problem of Knowledge as Reflected in Sophoclean Drama

Project has two parts; a program of reading and the preparation of two essays on the subject of "The Problem of Knowledge as Reflected in Sophoclean Drama." The reading will center around the theories of perception and knowledge in early Greek Philosophy, with special emphasis on the empiricist tradition (Anaxagoras and Democritus) and the rationalist tradition (Parmenides and Plato). Writing will consist of essays on the Ajax and Trachiniai of Sophocles. A somewhat longer essay is also planned, tentatively entitled; "Action and Revelation in the Trachiniai."

Project fields:

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$14,000 (approved)
$14,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1975 – 8/31/1976