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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY II

ANAXIMANDER [12 DK]

R The Unlimited of Anaximander (R1–R6) As Intermediary Substance (R1–R5)

R1 (≠ DK) Arist. Phys. 3.4 203a16–18

oἱ δὲ περὶ φύσεως πάντες1 ὑποτιθέασιν ἑτέραν τινὰ φύσιν τῷ ἀπείρῳ τῶν λεγομένων στοιχείων, οἷον ὕδωρ ἢ ἀέρα ἢ τὸ μεταξὺ τούτων.

R2 (< A9) Simpl. In Phys., p. 24.21–22

δῆλον δὲ ὅτι τὴν εἰς ἄλληλα μεταβολὴν τῶν τεττάρων στοιχείων οὗτος θεασάμενος οὐκ ἠξίωσεν ἕν τι τούτων ὑποκείμενον ποιῆσαι, ἀλλά τι ἄλλο παρὰ ταῦτα [. . . = R9].

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ANAXIMANDER

ANAXIMANDER

R The Unlimited of Anaximander (R1–R6) As Intermediary Substance (R1–R5)

R1 (≠ DK) Aristotle, Physics

All those who study nature assign to the unlimited a certain other nature belonging to what are called the elements, like water, air, or what is intermediary between these.1

R2 (< A9) Simplicius, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics

It is clear that, having observed the transformation of the four elements into one another, he thought that he should not make one of these the substrate, but some other thing besides them [. . .].

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.anaximander-reception.2016