Through criticism and analysis of ancient traditions, Kahn reconstructs the pattern of Anaximander’s thought using historical methods akin to the reconstructive. Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology. Front Cover. Charles H. Kahn . Columbia University Press, – Cosmology – pages. Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology has 5 ratings and 0 reviews. Through criticism and analysis of ancient traditions, Kahn reconstructs the p.

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In virtue of such fundamental similarities as those just mentioned, it should be possible to put some semblance of flesh and blood on the dry skeleton of Milesian philosophy preserved for us by the ancient doxography.

But there is no reason to suppose that not borne out by the same author’s extant work Simplicius held Theophrastus to be the author of on the Metaphysics, which contains only one brief this dialectical exercise. In principle, every student of the subject would be willing to recognize the intrinsic continuity in Greek thought concerning the natural world.

Tne appreciations of his theory which emphasize this analogy and its importance for the modern doctrine of evolution as does Burnet, p. Kahn’s “Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology”. So Anaximenes is sup- posed to have compared the Air surrounding the world to the soul which dominates [avyKparel the body.

As for ttoXIttjs, it is a mere stylistic variant for MiXajcjcog, and would be redundant next to the latter expression which is better attested here.

Ae’yet S’ avrrjv sc. The details added by Seneca need not be derived oriyins Theophrastus, even indirectly.


Guthrie – – Mind For further discussion of ‘ Xenoph. The text reproduced is essentially that of Diels in the Doxographi Graeci, but silently incorporates a few minor changes adopted by him in the Fragmente der Vorsokratiker.

Koap-os for the outer sphere in De Hebd. The word is probably not gdeek Theophrastus, but the notion expressed may be authentic: Diets thought that the plural kvkXol in H.

Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology

One is therefore obliged not only to recognize the ex- treme unreliability of sources such as Aetius, but also to pose the ques- tion, whether any doctrine of “infinite worlds” was in fact ascribed to Anaximander by Theophrastus, or whether this resemblance to the atomists’ view is due only to the confusion of our Hellenistic sources see below, 9. The sun is also given as cause of evaporation in It is here that the serious documentation of Greek philos- ophy may be said to begin, for it is this text which truly enables us to judge the quality and complexity of speculative thought at the threshold of the fifth century.

Ahmed marked it as to-read Apr 17, Milesius traditur primus Olympiade quinquagesima octava [ B. The ninth case will be discussed presently. This is one of the rare cases where two doxographers can be compared according to off principles of textual criticism, and from this point of view it is clear that the readings of Simplicius are to be preferred. Burnet, Early Greek Philosophy 4th ed. Renan Virginio marked it as to-read Feb 28, But can Anaximandcr have said that the earth’s surface was convex?

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

For the fragment itself is too brief to provide its own context, and we cannot altogether rely upon the one within which it is preserved. Under 9 no distinction has been drawn between excerpt and parallel, for reasons given in the commentary on that topic.

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Diels-Kranz, Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker 7th ed. The parallels prove this, aaximander if they are not quite precise enough to establish the original wording cf.

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Avery marked it as to-read Jul 16, Bonitz, Index Arislotelicus 2d ed. Gods Born as Men. On this assimilation, see Holscher’s pertinent remarks, “Anaximander,” pp. We can ajaximander doubt that the Milesians were in fact accustomed to discuss such matters with the aid of diagrams or of simple models. Lever – – Classical World: This is strangely listed by Diels before the corresponding testimonium of Aetius, without any comment except “aus Poseidonios. The relationship between this arrangement and that of Diels in the Fragmente der Vorsokratiker is indicated below in the table of correspond- ences, following the catalogue of topics and the list cosmolofy abbreviations.

Curtis Wilson – – Ancient Philosophy 12 1: In what prcccdcs, it has been assumed that the ancient commentators were correct in identifying Anaximander as the author intended by Aristotle in his repeated references to a material principle intermediate between fire and water, between fire and air, or between air and water as in Arist.