of or relating to the philosophers or philosophical systems of the period before the Socratic period.
any philosopher of this period.
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How to use pre-Socratic in a sentence
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 pre-Socratic philosophies are simpler, and we may observe a progress in them; but is there any regular succession?Sophist | Plato
He is never able to reconcile the first causes of the pre-Socratic philosophers with the final causes of Socrates himself.Timaeus | Plato
Moreover, Thales propounded the problem, and determined the direction and character, of all pre-Socratic philosophy.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy | W. T. Stace
The universal tendency of the pre-Socratic philosophy is to find some principle for the explanation of nature.A History of Philosophy in Epitome | Albert Schwegler