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Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology by Charles H. Kahn

By Charles H. Kahn

Through feedback and research of old traditions, Kahn reconstructs the trend of Anaximander’s idea utilizing old equipment reminiscent of the reconstructive strategies of comparative linguists.

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There again the method of literal paraphrase reappears. The best extant version of = Vors. L. ix. * If in the chapter on sensation nor to the use of Platonic texts is ff". "Constat in Tlieophrasteis prisca vocabula rather to Tlieophrastus' habitual brevity than to velut nobilera aeruginem interdum retineri, velut any misunderstanding of the original. (But see now J. B. McDiarmid, "Plato in Theophrastus' De ' 50 Dcmocritea ofioioaxTit^ovflv, 51 BpvTTTfaSm, 55 vel ionicam formam Sta/tifirct" in fr.

8-12 as evidence for the alternate cosmic of motion and rest. It is clear that he has understood aKivr^Toi Aristotle quotes periods Kara kvkXov to refer to the total immobility of things in the divine Sphere, which arises between the destruction and rebirth of the universe (Emped. b 27-28, where ^ovlrj = ^lov-q). ) SO that aKLvrjToi Kara kvkXov must be an , ' So Diels on Vors. 31 b 100. The error of is confirmed by D. J. Furley in a detailed Aristotle treatment of the passage, "Empedocles and the Clepsydra," JHS, LXXVII (1957), 30.

In the Conclusion some permanent aspects of the influence of Milesian ideas will be considered, in particular, the fundamental meaning of (f)vui,s, and the important role assigned to cosmogony in most of the physical schemes of antiquity. Finally, the Appendices deal with two questions whose treatment is too lengthy for a place in the main discussion the original philosophic sense of the term Koajios and Anaxi: ; mander's conception of the dVetpov. It may be that certain achievements have been claimed for the hero of this story which belong in fact to Thales, to Pythagoras, or to another.

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