Concepts of Space in Greek Thought by Keimpe Algra

By Keimpe Algra

Suggestions of house in Greek suggestion stories historical Greek theories of actual area and position, particularly these of the classical and Hellenistic interval. those theories are defined basically with regards to the overall philosophical or methodological framework during which they took form. distinctive consciousness is paid to the character and standing of the assets. introductory chapters care for the interrelations among a number of thoughts of area and with Greek spatial terminology (including case reviews of the Eleatics, Democritus and Epicurus). the remainder chapters include specified stories at the theories of area of Plato, Aristotle, the early Peripatetics and the Stoics.
The publication is principally worthy for historians of historic physics, yet can also be of curiosity to scholars of Aristotelian dialectic, historic metaphysics, doxography, and medieval and early smooth physics.

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Being), but as a whole it is full of Being. Therefore it is as a whole continuous; for Being borders on Being. All this seems to suggest that Melissus substituted to kenon for Parmenides' more abstract not-Being. Thus § 8 of fr. B 7 may read as an adaptation of these Parmenidean lines: also Melissus' Being does not admit of a more or a less. 'More Being' would amount to 'more full' and 'less Being' to 'more void'. The possibility of the existence of to kenon (not-Being) being excluded, the possibility of an internal admixture of void and the concomitant degrees of density is also excluded.

Lg. 705 c. Some examples in addition to those here adduced in the text: Claghorn (1954) 13: 'it was to place (-r61to~) [ ... ] rather than to space (xropa:) that Aristotle devoted most of his attention'; Keyt (1961) 291: 'Aristotle finds that Plato identified [ ... ] space (xropa:), place (-r61to~), and void (n:v6v) '. 12 Jammer (1954) 15. 9 10 11 TOPOS, CH6RA, KENON: SOME CASE STUDIES 35 theory of space is expounded chiefly in his Categories and [ ... ] in his Physics'. 13 On the basis of these statements the reader might be tempted to believe that, whereas in the Phys.

A closer look at the rules which apparently governed the choice between the two terms will allow us to criticize the 'automatic' translations often found in the scholarly literature, which assume a one-to-one correspondence between topos and 'place' and chora and 'space'. The Greek language did not have a terminological distinction matching the conceptual distinction between place and space. This is not to say that the philosophers did not differentiate between place and space. At least Plato and Aristotle may be charitably credited with such a conceptual distinCtion, and we may translate both topos and ch8ra as 'space' or 'place' according to the context.

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