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Ancient Atomism and Cosmogony

Gregory, A; (2005) Ancient Atomism and Cosmogony. In: Close, E and Tsianikas, M and Couvalis, G, (eds.) Greek research in Australia: proceedings of the sixth biennial international Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University, June 2005. (pp. 89 - 98). Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

How should we treat the cosmogonies of the early ancient Greek philosophers? Much work has been done in showing how these cosmogonies differ from creation myths and how they relate to philosophical issues such as change, persistence through change and matter theory. Here, using Leucippus and Democritus as examples, Gregory tries to show that interesting light can be shed on these cosmogonies by looking at them in relation to perennial problems in cosmogony and perennial types of solutions to these problems. Ancients and moderns have formulated both in different ways, but there are significant structural similarities. To understand ancient cosmogonies, we need to understand how these perennial problems were perceived, and what types of solutions were available. We then need to analyse how the basic ontological and aetiological principles of their systems lead them to choose certain types of solution over others.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Ancient Atomism and Cosmogony
Event: Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies
ISBN-13: 9780725811310
Publisher version: http://dspace.flinders.edu.au/xmlui/handle/2328/17...
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/40899
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