Concepts of Space in Greek Thought

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BRILL, 1995 - Philosophy - 365 pages
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"Concepts of Space in Greek Thought" studies ancient Greek theories of physical space and place, in particular those of the classical and Hellenistic period. These theories are explained primarily with reference to the general philosophical or methodological framework within which they took shape. Special attention is paid to the nature and status of the sources. Two introductory chapters deal with the interrelations between various concepts of space and with Greek spatial terminology (including case studies of the Eleatics, Democritus and Epicurus). The remaining chapters contain detailed studies on the theories of space of Plato, Aristotle, the early Peripatetics and the Stoics. The book is especially useful for historians of ancient physics, but may also be of interest to students of Aristotelian dialectic, ancient metaphysics, doxography, and medieval and early modern physics.
 

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Contents

Writing the History of Concepts of Space
7
Some Case Studies
31
Conclusions
70
Conclusions
118
Conclusions
189
of place
231
Place Space and Void in Stoic Thought
261
SR1054b1055a
282
Stoic thought
308
void
321
Bibliography
341
Indices
351
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About the author (1995)

Keimpe A. Algra (1959) is Assistant Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Utrecht. He has published mainly on Hellenistic philosophy and ancient physics.