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Theology as the limit of science: Anaximander's discovery of metaphysics and the Milesian concept of divinity

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dc.contributor.advisor Mitscherling, Jeff
dc.contributor.author Gligorijevic, Kosta
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-20T14:01:14Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-20T14:01:14Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-08
dc.date.created 2013-08-12
dc.date.issued 2013-08-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7379
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the role the concept of divinity played in the physical theories of Anaximander of Miletus (c.610 – c.546 BCE), arguing that his work anticipated and helped create the metaphysical theories of Aristotle and subsequent thinkers. Focusing on Anaximander’s notion of the apeiron (the indefinite), the thesis claims: (1) that Anaximander used theological terms to describe a physical and ontological principle well before such concepts were elucidated by Aristotle himself; that he thereby (2) anticipated Aristotle’s potentiality-actuality distinction; and (3) identified the central flaws of the mode of explanation current in 6th-century BCE Miletus. The argument is supported by a conceptual schema which shows that Anaximander advanced an ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful metaphysical theory that assigned the apeiron both temporal and ontological priority, thereby serving as an early alternative to Aristotle’s Prime Mover. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Presocratic en_US
dc.subject Anaximander en_US
dc.subject Apeiron en_US
dc.subject Theology en_US
dc.subject Metaphysics en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Philosophy en_US
dc.title Theology as the limit of science: Anaximander's discovery of metaphysics and the Milesian concept of divinity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Philosophy en_US


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