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The Universe As Cosmos: On The Ontology Of The Greek World-Image

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In this chapter, the author has accepted the assumption that it would be virtually impossible to find any defining features of what philosophical historiography considers as Greek thought in the archaic Greek period. Leaving aside the anachronic and relatively unimportant issue of whether the new way of thinking that began to take shape with the Ionians was really philosophy or science, the representatives of the new way undoubtedly lived in a different world. Greek philosophy changes what we think about the world (ontology) and how we think about the world through semantic substitutions and transformations. The chapter illustrates both aspects through a concept that succinctly encompasses the Greek (and not just the Greek) world-image: the concept of physis (nature), from which the concept of kosmos is inseparable..

Keywords: cosmos; Greek philosophy



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