Empedocles' Cosmic Cycle: A Reconstruction from the Fragments and Secondary Sources (Cambridge Classical Studies)

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The cosmic cycle described in the surviving fragments of Empedocles' poem is the alternation, in endless succession, of Love and Strife. Love is the cause of happiness and unity; Strife the cause of separation and misery. These forces rule in turn as they cause the One and the Many. Love makes the elements into a blissful whole, the Sphere; Strife breaks into the Sphere and causes movement and division - the condition of the world, according to Empedocles, in which we now live. Dr O'Brien's book is primarily an analysis of this elaborate system. It seeks to determine the positions which Love and Strife occupy in the world at different times, the processes involved in becoming one and becoming many and the duration of being one and being many. It examines such associated themes as Empedocles' view of the nature of the soul and his use of the traditional motif 'like to like'. Finally, Dr O'Brien considers Empedocles; place in the subsequent development of Greek philosophy. He sees Empedocles' work as a primitive anticipation of Plato, a significant union of spiritual other-worldliness with the philosophical and scientific traditions of the Presocratics.

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The cosmic cycle described in the surviving fragments of Empedocles' poem is the alternation, in endless succession, of Love and Strife. Dr O'Brien's book is primarily an analysis of this elaborate system. It seeks to determine the positions which Love and Strife occupy in the world at different times.

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Easterling is Professor of Greek at the University College London.

Anthony M. Snodgrass is Lawrence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University.

R. Lanny Hunter studied psychiatry prior to specializing in dermatology for thirty-five years and has devoted much

of his own time to researching the medical dimensions of mental health in an effort to better serve hurting people around him. He has served on boards of directors and in advisory roles for many organizations, including United Way, the Health Advisory Committee of Northern Arizona University, and the Flagstaff Hospice Program.

David Sedley is Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

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