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My friend Professor Martin Ostwald has often come to my assistance with excellent advice and has in addition read through a full set of proofs. But the quality which is lacking in the older world views is precisely what is most essential if the case of the philosophers: The emendation of Diels would imply that the vapor rises “from the earth to the region of the sun.

Speaking of the mixture of all seeds and forms and of their diroKpLuis, Anaxagoras says: However, such evidence cannot be decisive here.

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The last of these two explanations seems to be confirmed by the. A number of other relevant studies have appeared since my manu- script was completed, while a few earlier ones have only recently come to my attention. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough gerek points to plot this chart. Thus the testimony of Achilles, hag. Seneca may easily have provided them himself from his own understanding of Anaximander’s doctrine.

The Scholiast interprets by to ti’Sos” ‘ Xenoph. Neither of course is the fragment 5nor the Homeric reference to the aireipov as “un- aging” 8.

Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology

I suspect, sages cited by Diels in note on Doa:. History of Western Philosophy. B i ; ifivais, see below, pp. It must be admitted that the purely grammatical evidence establishes a prima facie case for the word dVetpov. Finally, in dedicating the book to Professor Kurt von Fritz, now at the University of Munich, I wish to record my lasting gratitude both for his friendly guidance and for his unflagging interest in this work, despite the various interruptions of time and place.

Here again the report of Aetius appears as the most unreliable and confused of all extant versions of the doxography. From this point onwards, pseudo-Plutarch abandons us as far as the heavens are concerned, while the account of Hippolytus becomes am- biguous because of its excessive brevity and faulty manuscript tradition.


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 an- other.

The epic, it is true, also conceives the surface of the earth as gredk, and even as circular in shape, bounded by the circumjacent Ocean. Wehrli points out in his discussion of this “fragment”: In the version of Cosmologj these fish-like creatures are identified with the first aquatic living things 21and ggeek men and women are represented as emerging in the same way as other animals, when their enclosing membranes are split. Indeed it is these specific theories alone which can provide us with an authentic context for the interpretation of the fragment itself It is therefore with them that we must begin, as offering some firm ground from which the more slippery problems can later be attacked.

Ad may reasonably suppose that Anaximander’s speculation began here with an explanation of the monthly lunar changes as due to some kind of obstruction, and that he then proceeded to extend the same doctrine to the rarer, but apparently similar, phenomena of eclipse.

There is then no reason to assign any historical value to a later report of Anaximander’s teaching, except in so far as the author relies upon Aristotle and Theophrastus. These passages have recently been discussed by W. In fact, however, the report of Anaixmander 1.

The error is probably not due to Eudemus, whose work does not seem to have been utilized by Theon directly. Nevertheless there is some reason to think that Arist.

The planets, which are not mentioned inH. And men were fashioned together, and all the other animals which have Ufe ; and these men have organized cities and cultivated fields, as with us [wa-nep Trap’ rjpiv ; and they have sun and moon and the rest, as with us ; and the earth bears for them many things of every kind, of which they collect together in their dwelling place the ones which are most advantageous, and put them to use.

James F rated it liked it Feb 04, We need not infer that Anaximander is the unnamed “someone” by whom the Socrates of the Phaedo claims to have been persuaded. The construction is a rare one in prose, but cf.


But in the case of Parmenides, the first few pages of his poem have been preserved as a continuous and almost integral text. Thus the second chapter deals with the classical theory of the elements, tue poetic antecedents, and its philo- sophic origins in the sixth century.

Furthermore, the scale on which the three Milesians are depicted is not as uniform as it generally appears. The only suggestion which he makes other than his own Neoplatonic allegory is that one might understand Anaxagoras to be speaking of different inhabited regions of the earth. The obliquity of the rings mentioned here applies equally to sun and moon although this detail was omitted in The analysis of this material is necessarily involved, but only by such an analysis can we distinguish the questions on which reliable informa- tion is available from those which have treek hopelessly obscured by the nature of our sources.

The account of doctrines has been abbreviated, and some details have been confused and mutilated by careless copying. Whereas the corruptions of Hippolytus are almost those of a copyist, the deviation of pseudo- Plutarch and Aetius shows more originality.

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But the systematic exposition of earUer views plays a much smaller part in his work than in that of Theophrastus, and his negligence concerning documentary details is often in marked contrast to the care and caution of his pupil. A few instances may suffice to confirm this reliability.

What is tory method as one of detailed paraphrase. Quia et ipse ictus” inaequalis est. He thus presents an account of man’s prehistory which is unUke that of other animals, and which is not confirmed by any other source. Facing page 8g A. And the gap between Theophrastus and his historical subject matter naturally widens precisely at those points where the Aristotelian school is in possession of an essentially new doctrine and a complex terminology of its own.

And before their testimony can be evaluated, one must determine what. It seems most critical authority.