By Keimpe Algra

Suggestions of house in Greek suggestion reviews historical Greek theories of actual area and position, specifically these of the classical and Hellenistic interval. those theories are defined essentially as regards to the overall philosophical or methodological framework during which they took form. precise cognizance is paid to the character and standing of the resources. introductory chapters take care of the interrelations among numerous options of house and with Greek spatial terminology (including case experiences of the Eleatics, Democritus and Epicurus). the rest chapters include distinctive experiences at the theories of house of Plato, Aristotle, the early Peripatetics and the Stoics.
The ebook is mainly necessary for historians of historic physics, yet can also be of curiosity to scholars of Aristotelian dialectic, historical metaphysics, doxography, and medieval and early sleek physics.

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LoV [... ] d<; -rilv eau-rou xropav [... ] i£vat. Since, of course, the existence of a one-to-one correspondence between chora and 'space' and topos and 'place' is disproved if we find only one counterexample, this example, stemming from a philosophical context, should suffice to show the potential inadequacy of this kind of 'automatic' translations, at least in as far as we are concerned with the word chora. g. 16 In the case of topos the situation is somewhat more complex. As the term is usually applied in a relational setting,I7 it may accord- oe l3 Note that, strictly speaking, it contradicts rather than qualifies that previous contention.

At any rate, it cannot simply and automatically be translated as 'space'. e. 4), Epicurus himself did not always stick to his own conceptual distinctions, they at least in principle allowed his system to stay free of some of the obscurities inherent in the theory of space of the early atomists. 4 By way of a summary, we may draw the following conclusions: (1) The terms chOra and topos could in a number of contexts be used interchangeably, both in ordinary Greek and in their first philosophical applications, though in other contexts the one or the other might be preferred (topos in order to denote relative location, chOra in order to denote a larger extension than topos).

How indeed unwarranted essentialist presuppositions may lead to such historical distortions was shown by a number of examples taken from some well-known historical studies. e. g. a concept of 'space'. We did not yet seriously study how the Greeks themselves used their own spatial terms. This will be done in the next chapter. CHAPTER TWO TOPOS, CHORA, KENON: SOME CASE STUDIES Introduction The present chapter will investigate the ways in which the Greeks, both in common parlance and in philosophical language, used their main spatial terms, chora, tapas, and kenon.

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