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[pree-suh-krat-ik, -soh-]
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  1. of or relating to the philosophers or philosophical systems of the period before the Socratic period.
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  1. any philosopher of this period.
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Origin of pre-Socratic

First recorded in 1870–75
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Historical Examples

  • Many, if not all the elements of the Pre-Socratic philosophy are included in the Timaeus.



  • For of all the pre-Socratic philosophers, he speaks of them with the greatest respect.

  • A few words must be said of the sources of our knowledge of pre-Socratic philosophy.

  • Haeckel's system is mainly poetico-mythical, chiefly on the lines of some of the pre-Socratic philosophers.

  • The universal tendency of the pre-Socratic philosophy is to find some principle for the explanation of nature.