6 July 2012

Anaximander : Fragments

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Anaximander of Miletos, son of Praxiades, a fellow-citizen and associate of Thales,said that the material cause and first element of things was the Infinite,he being the first to introduce this name for the material cause. He says it is neither water nor any other of the so-called elements, but a substance different from them, which is infinite, from which arise all the heavens and the worlds within them.  Phys. Op.(R. P. 16)
τῶν δὲ ἓν καὶ κινούμενον καὶ ἀπειρον λεγόντων Ἀ. μἐν Πραξιάδου Μιλήσιος Θαλοῦ γενόμενος διάδοχος μαθητὴς ἀρχήν τιx καὶ στοιχεῖον εἴρηκε τῶν ὄντων τὸ ἄπειρον, πρῶτος τοῦτο τοὔνομα κομίσας τῆς ἀρχῆς. λέγει δ' αὐτὴν μήτε ὕδωρ μήτε ἄλλο τι τῶν καλουμένων εἶναι στοιχείων, ἀλλ' ἑτέραν τινὰ φύσιν ἄπειρον, ἐξ ἧς ἅπαντας γίνεσθαι τοὺς οὐρανοὺς καὶ τοὺς ἐν αὐτοῖς κόσμους· ἐξ ὧν δὲ ... τάξιν [Β 1], ποιητικωτέροις οὕτως ὀνόμασιν αὐτὰ λέγων.


  1. it is incredible, that we always search for the cause, the base, the fundamental nature of things ... and incredible that we can imagine a cause like this -- unbounded, beyond anything we know ... what gives us this power? it seems to be the source of everything good in us -- love and art and curiosity --

    the photograph is fascinating :-)

  2. the nameless and that without body

    or that which holds all names and all bodies

    and isn't this the same thing?



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