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Physiological Analogies and Metaphors In Explanations of the Earth and the Cosmos

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The chapter examines the use of analogies drawn to physiological processes to explain meteorological phenomena and to expound cosmological ideas, primarily in the Greco-Roman world. It also refers briefly to the use of similar analogies in the Early Modern period. The chapter focuses on explanation-building, and the relationship of analogies to observations, particularly in Aristotle, Epicurus and Lucretius, not least because these authors were important not only in Antiquity, but also in the Early Modern period. Recognising that none of the ancient authors under consideration thought that the earth or the cosmos itself is a living being, the author considers issues raised by references to the body and its associated physiological processes in analogies and metaphors intended to explain the natural world. A brief consideration of the use of similar analogies in seventeenth-century England is included.

Keywords:Aristotle; cosmos; Early Modern period; earth; Epicurus; Lucretius; metaphor; meteorology; physiological analogy



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