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Author Bakker, Frederik A., author

Title Epicurean meteorology : sources, method, scope and organization / by Frederik A. Bakker
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 301 pages)
Series Philosophia antiqua : a series of studies on ancient philosophy ; volume 142
Philosophia antiqua ; v. 142
Contents Preface -- List of tables -- List of illustrations -- List of abbreviations -- General introduction -- Multiple explanations -- Introduction -- Preliminary observations -- Causes and explanations -- Variations in the use of multiple explanations -- Truth, probability and personal preferences -- Introduction -- Are all alternative explanations true? -- Contestation or disagreement with appearances -- Incompatibility with explanations of other phenomena -- Non-contestation and analogy -- Degrees of probability and personal preferences -- Lucretius' supposed preference for the theories of mathematical astronomy -- Multiple explanations and doxography -- The sources of the method of multiple explanations -- Introduction -- Democritus -- Aristotle -- Theophrastus -- The syriac meteorology -- Conclusions about the origins of the method -- Conclusions -- Range and order of subjects in ancient meteorology -- Introduction -- Range, delimitation and subdivisions of meteorology -- Introduction -- The texts -- The table -- Some observations -- Some conclusions -- Terrestrial phenomena other than earthquakes -- Lucretius -- Parallels in meteorology and paradoxography -- Conclusion -- Order of subjects -- Introduction -- The table -- Some observations -- Proposed original order of subjects -- Deviations from the proposed original order -- The internal structure of chapters and sections -- Relations between the four texts -- Epicurus' letter to pythocles and his "other meteorology" -- Lucretius DRN vi and epicurus' "other meteorology" -- Authorship and identity of the syriac meteorology -- Lucretius, epicurus and the syriac meteorology -- AĆ«tius' placita and theophrastus' physical opinions -- Summary -- Conclusions -- Epilogue : epicurean cosmology and astronomy -- The shape of the earth -- Introduction -- Historical and conceptual context -- The shape of the earth in antiquity : a historical overview -- Ancient proofs of the earth's sphericity -- Epicurus' ancient critics -- The direction of natural motion and the shape of the earth -- Discussion of relevant passages -- The rejection of centrifocal natural motion (DRN iiopjf.) -- Downward motion (DRN 1162-250) -- The apparent proximity ofthe sun (DRN IV404-413) -- Climatic zones? (DRN v204-205) -- Lucretius' cosmogony (DRN V449-508) -- Stability of the earth (DRN V 534-563) -- The size of the sun (DRN V564-591) -- Centrifocal terminology (DRN V621-636) -- Sunrise and sunset (DRN v650-679) -- The earth's conical shadow (DRN V 762-770) -- The 'limp' of the cosmic axis (DRN 1107) -- Philodemus and the gnomon (PhiL De sign. 47.3-8) -- Conclusions -- General conclusions -- Multiple explanations in epicurus' letter to pythocles -- Multiple explanations in lucretius' DRN V and VI -- General structure of the syriac meteorology -- Bibliography -- Index locorum -- General index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 01, 2016)
Subject Epicureans (Greek philosophy)
Meteorology -- History.
Philosophy, Ancient.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016016482
ISBN 900432156X
9004321586 (electronic book)
9789004321588 (electronic book)