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Εἰ Ἔμψθυχος Ὁ Κόσμος Καὶ Προνοίᾳ Διοικούμενος

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Plutarch has felt that its wording was similar to the chapter heading. In Stobaeus the material from this chapter is found in 1.21. There can be no doubt that the additional Ecphantus lemma belongs to our chapter. Ach contains no doxography on the subject of this chapter. The chapter starts with an opposition between the positions AI and B2. In terms of its structure, the chapter is dominated by the opposition between the first two doxai. The two themes dealt with in the chapter were regarded as important topics of philosophical debate. There are two features that set A's treatment in the chapter apart from most other parallels. Firstly the cosmological focus of his treatment of providence. Secondly his combination of the questions of the cosmos' ensoulment. This runs parallel to his method in the opening chapter, but this time the combination of themes is clearly indicated in the chapter's title.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; cosmological focus; doxai; opposition; philosophical debate; treatment of providence



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