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Περὶ Τάξεως Τοῦ Κόσμου

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Only the final lemma of A's chapter is found in S 1.15. This chapter, which takes its title from P 1.14, contains various clusters of doxai. As in P, it occupies the final position of a long chapter. The elements are discussed, as is their location in the cosmos. The Parmenidean doxa ends with a mention of ether and fire. Two of its doxai are much longer than anything we have come across so far. One of our main theses in this study has been that the raison d'être of doxography is to focus on points of difference. The theme is not cosmogony but cosmology. It is clear that the method of the diaeresis has limitations when used for a descriptive subject such as we find in the chapter. For the chapter we have not been able to find doxographical-dia-lectical parallels of any value outside the doxographical tradition itself.

Keywords: Aetius Placita; cosmology; diaeresis; doxography; ether; fire



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