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Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought

R. J. Hankinson

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246564
eISBN:
9780191597572
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246564.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In this book, R. J. Hankinson traces the history of investigation into the nature of cause and explanation, from the beginnings of Ancient Greek philosophy in 600 bc, through the Graeco‐Roman world, ... More


Michel Serres: Atomism

David Webb

in Foucault's Archaeology: Science and Transformation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748624218
eISBN:
9780748684472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624218.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Serres’ study of atomism, encapsulated in his book The Birth of Physics, extends the reach of some of the principles he derived from Leibniz and from mathematics. Order is shown to arise from the ... More


Methodology in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy

Scott Soames

in Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160726
eISBN:
9781400850464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160726.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter discusses the methodology that guided logico-linguistic analysis from Gottlob Frege’s 1879 Begriffsschrift to Rudolf Carnap’s 1934 The Logical Syntax of Language. In the first four ... More


The Atomists

R. J. Hankinson

in Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246564
eISBN:
9780191597572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246564.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In this chapter, Hankinson discusses the theory of Atomism, from Leucippus and Democritus to Epicurus and his followers. The early Atomists were concerned with the circumvention of the Eleatic denial ... More


The Pre-Platonic Philosophers

Filippo Del Lucchese

in Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474456203
eISBN:
9781474476935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456203.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines Empedocles’s idea of monstrosity in the early generation of life, when the earth spontaneously produces all sort of monstrous beings, only some of which will survive and ... More


Epicurus and Lucretius

Filippo Del Lucchese

in Monstrosity and Philosophy: Radical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474456203
eISBN:
9781474476935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456203.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focusses on Epicurus’s and Lucretius’s treatment of the generation of life, its constancy and consistency, but also its mutability which, together, constitutes the major challenge for ... More


The Architecture of Design

James E. Montgomery

in Al-Jā-hiẓ: In Praise of Books

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748683321
eISBN:
9780748695072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683321.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Al-Jāḥẓ thought his book would save society through an appreciation of God’s design in the universe. The ninth century abounded in books on the subject. Chapter 5 excavates the theological premise of ... More


Pythagorean Mysticism/Democritean Wisdom

Anthony Cordingley

in Samuel Beckett's How It Is: Philosophy in Translation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474440608
eISBN:
9781474453868
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440608.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter elucidates the dialectic between Pythagorean-Platonic and Democritean ideas latent in the text. It measures the importance of Beckett’s perception of philosophy gained through his study ... More


The Pressures of Growth

Bryan G. Norton

in Toward Unity among Environmentalists

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195093971
eISBN:
9780197560723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195093971.003.0012
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmentalist Thought and Ideology

Critics of environmentalism have often charged that the movement is “elitist.” By this is meant, among other complaints, that environmentalists are mainly ... More


Aldo Leopold and the Search for an Integrated Theory of Environmental Management

Bryan G. Norton

in Toward Unity among Environmentalists

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195093971
eISBN:
9780197560723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195093971.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmentalist Thought and Ideology

Aldo Leopold led two lives. He was, in the best tradition of Gifford Pinchot, a forester and a coldly analytic scientific resource manager, devoted to ... More


Mersenne’s Universal Harmony

Peter Pesic

in Music and the Making of Modern Science

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262027274
eISBN:
9780262324380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027274.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Music was completely central for the natural philosophy of Mersenne. This chapter begins with his musical arguments for heliocentrism, against the hermetist Robert Fludd. Mersenne’s Harmonie ... More


Experiences and Their Parts

Geoffrey Lee

in Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262027786
eISBN:
9780262319270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In this chapter, Geoffrey Lee gives an account of the difference between “Holistic" and “Atomistic" views of conscious experience. Other authors make the distinction in an informal way; here a more ... More


Lucretius and Naturalism [1961]

Gilles Deleuze

in Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474412094
eISBN:
9781474434966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Gilles Deleuze’s “Lucretius and Naturalism” (1961; translated by Jared Bly) is the first version of an essay that would later appear in an altered form in the appendix to Deleuze’s 1969 Logique du ... More


What Do Objects Depend On?: Physical Substance, Matter, and the External World

Kriti Sharma

in Interdependence: Biology and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823265527
eISBN:
9780823266913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265527.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter critically examines six crucial assumptions or intuitions involved in the familiar view that we live in a world of intrinsically existent objects: the assumption of the intrinsic ... More


Philosophical and Physical Opinions

David Cunning

in Margaret Cavendish: Essential Writings

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190664053
eISBN:
9780190946876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190664053.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter features a selection of excerpts from Cavendish’s book, Philosophical and Physical Opinions. The passages treat a number of topics and issues: whether or not there are inherent ... More


Were There Epicurean Mathematicians?

Reviel Netz

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 49

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198749516
eISBN:
9780191842818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749516.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

A long-standing puzzle in the interpretation of Epicurean philosophy of science is the contradiction between Epicurus’ wholesale rejection of mathematical science, and the evidence for later ... More


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