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SpringerBriefs in Philosophy

Apeiron

Anaximander on Generation and Destruction

Authors: Kočandrle, Radim, Couprie, Dirk L.

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  • Proposes a completely new interpretation of the key word Apeiron in Anaximander’s philosophy
  • Highlights the central role of the boundless power of nature, phusis
  • Offers an explanation of Anaximander’s conception of generation and destruction on the basis of the first-ever philosophical text 
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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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 44,02 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-49754-9
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Softcover 58,84 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49753-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Apeiron
Book Subtitle
Anaximander on Generation and Destruction
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49754-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49754-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-49753-2
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 112
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