Epicurean Meteorology: Sources, Method, Scope and by Fredericus Antonius Bakker

By Fredericus Antonius Bakker

In Epicurean Meteorology Frederik Bakker discusses the meteorology as laid out by means of Epicurus (341-270 BCE) and Lucretius (1st century BCE). even supposing in scope and association their principles are basically rooted within the Peripatetic culture, their meteorology units itself except this custom by means of its systematic use of a number of causes and its sole reliance on sensory facts in place of arithmetic and different axiomatic principles.
Through a radical research of the on hand proof Bakker bargains an up to date and certified account of Epicurean meteorology, arguing opposed to Theophrastus’ authorship of the Syriac meteorology, highlighting the originality of Lucretius’ therapy of mirabilia, and refuting the oft-repeated declare that the Epicureans held the earth to be flat.

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9 [93], 12 [95], 32 [112] “τὸ σύμφωνον τοῖς φαινομένοις”. 20 chapter 2 Now, if, as Epicurus claims,50 non-contestation establishes truth, then each one of the alternative explanations must be true. 2 on p. 15 above); nowhere in the Letter to Pythocles do we encounter anything that resembles the syllogistic structure of noncontestation as set out by Sextus and as applied (though without this ‘label’ of non-contestation) by Epicurus in the Letter to Herodotus to prove his fundamental physical theories.

105 Maiorem in this context may also mean ‘more powerful’. Epicurus may have meant that, although earthquakes can be, and are, produced by many different things, the strongest ones are produced by wind. That this is in fact the correct interpretation is borne out by the way in which Seneca continues (vi 21, 1): Nobis quoque placet hunc spiritum esse qui possit tanta conari, quo nihil est in rerum natura potentius, nihil acrius, sine quo ne illa quidem quae vehementissima sunt valent. e. the Stoics) too believe that it is this wind, which can attempt so much, which is mightier and fiercer than anything in nature, without which not even those things which are strongest have power.

Nd i, 52. Wasserstein (1978) 490–494. See also Bénatouïl (2003) 41. multiple explanations 33 that many of their theories are interdependent so that elimination of one theory may bring along the elimination of another. 82 Although Wasserstein makes a very pertinent observation here, he overstates his point. It is true that in the Letter to Pythocles and in the astronomical and meteorological sections of the drn phenomena are generally presented in isolation,83 but from an Epicurean-epistemological perspective it makes no difference for a theory’s possibility if it logically depends on another possible theory.

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