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Creationism and its critics in antiquity

Author: D N Sedley
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Series: Sather classical lectures, v. 66.; Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The world is configured in ways that seem systematically hospitable to life forms, especially the human race. Is this the outcome of divine planning or simply of the laws of physics? Ancient Greeks and Romans famously disagreed on whether the cosmos was the product of design or accident. In this book, David Sedley examines this question and illuminates new historical perspectives on the pantheon of thinkers who laid  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D N Sedley
ISBN: 9780520253643 0520253647 9780520260061 0520260066
OCLC Number: 138340473
Description: xvii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Preface --
[ch]. 1. Anaxagoras --
1. The presocratic agenda --
2. Anaxagoras's cosmology --
3. The power of nous --
4. Sun and Moon --
5. Worlds and seeds --
6. Nous as creator --
7. Scientific creationism --
Appendix : Anazagoras's theory of matter --
[ch]. 2. Empedocles --
1. The cosmic cycle --
2. The double zoogony --
3. Creationist discourse --
4. Design and accident --
Appendix 1 : The double zoogony revisited --
Appendix 2 : The chronology of the cycle --
Appendix 3 : Where in the cycle are we? --
Appendix 4 : Lucretian testimony for Empedocles' zoogony --
[ch]. 3. Socrates --
1. 1. Diogenes of Apollonia --
2. Socrates in Xenophon --
3. Socrates in Plato's Phaedo --
4. A historical synthesis --
[ch]. 4. Plato --
1. The Phaedo myth --
2. Introducing the Timaeus --
3. An act of creation? --
4. Divine craftsmanship --
5. Is the world perfect? --
6. The origin of species --
[ch]. 5. The atomists --
1. Democritus --
2. The Epicurean critique of creationism --
3. The Epicurean alternative to creationism --
4. Epicurean infinity --
[ch]. 6. Aristotle --
1. God as paradigm --
2. The craft analogy --
3. Necessity --
4. Fortuitous outcomes --
5. Cosmic teleology --
6. Aristotle's Platonism --
[ch]. 7. The stoics --
1. Stoicism --
2. A window on stoic theology --
3. Appropriating Socrates --
4. Appropriating Plato --
5. Whose benefit? --
Epilogue : A Galenic perspective --
Bibliography --
Index locorum --
General index.
Series Title: Sather classical lectures, v. 66.; Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Responsibility: David Sedley.
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