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The Ideals of Inquiry: An Ancient History

G. E. R. Lloyd


Long before science as we know it today existed, sophisticated studies of the external world were undertaken, notably in Mesopotamia, India, China, and Greece. This book explores three interrelated issues concerning those investigations. This first issue is methods — how was it thought that they should be pursued? The second is subject-matter — what was assumed about what there is to be investigated? The third issue is aims and value — what were such investigations thought to be good for? Thus, how did an ideal of demonstration that would yield incontrovertible conclusions come to arise and wh ... More

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient debates, human reasoning, Mesopotamia, India, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. E. R. Lloyd, author
University of Cambridge