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Apeiron

Anaximander on Generation and Destruction

  • Radim Kočandrle
  • Dirk L. Couprie

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 1-4
  3. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 5-17
  4. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 19-31
  5. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 33-43
  6. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 45-61
  7. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 63-71
  8. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 73-85
  9. Radim Kočandrle, Dirk L. Couprie
    Pages 87-98
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 99-112

About this book

Introduction

This book offers an innovative analysis of the Greek philosopher Anaximander’s work. In particular, it presents a completely new interpretation of the key word Apeiron, or boundless, offering readers a deeper understanding of his seminal cosmology and, with it, his unique conception of the origin of the universe. 

Anaximander traditionally applied Apeiron to designate the origin of everything. The authors’ investigation of the extant sources shows, however, that this common view misses the mark. They argue that instead of reading Apeiron as a noun, it should be considered an adjective, with reference to the term phusis (nature), and that the phrase phusis apeiros may express the boundless power of nature, responsible for all creation and growth. 

The authors also offer an interpretation of Anaximander's cosmogony from a biological perspective: each further step in the differentiation of the phenomenal world is a continuation of the original separation of a fertile seed. 

This new reading of the first written account of cosmology stresses the central role of the boundless power of nature. It provides philosophers, researchers, and students with a thought-provoking explanation of this early thinker's conception of generation and destruction in the universe.

Keywords

Anaximander Presocratics Cosmogony Apeiron Phusis phenomenal world Boundless Nature phusis apeiros Archē Theophrastus ordering of time

Authors and affiliations

  • Radim Kočandrle
    • 1
  • Dirk L. Couprie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and ArtsUniversity of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and ArtsUniversity of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49754-9
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49753-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49754-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4548
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4556
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