List of abbreviations; Preface; Introductory note; 1. Problem and sources; 2. Life and character; 3. Philosophical significance; Bibliography; Index of passages quoted or referred to; General index; Index of selected Greek words.
The third volume of Professor Guthrie's great history of Greek thought deals in two parts with the Sophists and Socrates.
'This book, like the age it reflects, is a brilliant achievement. Professor Guthrie's study combines remarkable erudition and inclusiveness of scope with a lucid and readable style ... Professor Guthrie succeeds in giving us the most balanced and perceptive treatment of fifth-century thought that has yet been written.' American Historical Review 'Once again the qualities for which the first two volumes have justly been praised are in evidence. Chief among these qualities are the lucidity of the author's writing, the judiciousness of his opinions and the comprehensiveness of his treatment ... Other historians of Greek philosophy have impressed their philosophical personality more firmly on their accounts. But for those who wish their guide above all to be sound, Professor Guthrie is incontestably their man.' The Times Literary Supplement