- of or relating to the philosophers or philosophical systems of the period before the Socratic period.
- any philosopher of this period.
Origin of pre-Socratic
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for pre-socratic
Many, if not all the elements of the Pre-Socratic philosophy are included in the Timaeus.Timaeus
For of all the pre-Socratic philosophers, he speaks of them with the greatest respect.Parmenides
A few words must be said of the sources of our knowledge of pre-Socratic philosophy.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
W. T. Stace
Haeckel's system is mainly poetico-mythical, chiefly on the lines of some of the pre-Socratic philosophers.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy
W. Tudor Jones
The universal tendency of the pre-Socratic philosophy is to find some principle for the explanation of nature.A History of Philosophy in Epitome