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By Professor Panayiotis Tzamalikos

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ISBN-13: 9783110419467

This ebook provides a ground-breaking exposition of Anaxagoras' legacy to Classical and past due Antiquity, significantly assessing Aristotle's distorted illustration of Anaxagoras. Origen, previously a Greek thinker of word, is put within the historical past of philosophy for the 1st time. by way of drawing on his Anaxagorean heritage, and being the 1st to restore the Anaxagorean thought of Logoi, Origen lead the way to Nicaea.

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This point is instructive, since it shows that dissemination of a philosopher’s theories was oftentimes a matter of hearing about them, not of first-hand reading. Concerning Anaxagoras, the testimonies about his teaching are sometimes contradictory. In this case, there is no much to think about: the best witness to Anaxagoras is Simplicius, of whom I am going to make special mention presently. There is a characteristic point that Aristotle utterly distorted – and I do not mean his modern translators, but Asclepius of Tralles, his commentator.

3; Eustathius of Thessaloniki, Commentarii ad Homeri Iliadem, pp. 401‒2; Anonymous, [Plutarch] De Homero 2, lines 2168‒73. Clement of Alexandria correctly pointed out that this ‘suspension of judgement’ pertains not only to the Sceptics, but even to Dogmaticians, owing to either defective knowledge, or obscurity of things or ‘opposite arguments being equal in force’. 3. In fact, long before the Sceptics, Aristotle had pointed out that, ‘concerning the question of the void either existing or not’, opposite arguments might be adduced, which could be equal in force.

More importantly, these ‘fragments’ are considered out of context, and their actual meaning, which is inherently involved with the intention of respective reporters, is missed by the modern student who relies on them. For instance, if we consider that Aristotle made several references to Anaxagoras (almost all of them disapprobatory and adjusted to Aristotle’s own purposes), it is the Aristotelian context, not simply the seques- Panayiotis Tzamalikos - 9783110420104 Downloaded from De Gruyter Online at 09/25/2016 09:34:22PM via Cambridge University Library 26 Introduction tered fragments, that need to be studied, and this should include points where Anaxagoras is not mentioned by name (and, consequently, they were not excerpted as ‘fragments’).

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