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13. Early Instances Of 'Doxographical' Clusters

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This chapter looks briefly at lists of principles in physics and their attributes that are to be dated before Aristotle and Plato, and discusses examples in a Hippocratic work and in Isocrates. Collecting and arranging these items began at an early date. Brevity of expression is the norm, as later in Aristotle and the chapters of the "Placita". The practice followed by Isocrates is at home in a culture that is still partly oral, but it is also quite practical in a written context.

Keywords: Aristotle; Isocrates; Placita

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