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Empedocles, The Extant Fragments
This book chronicles the life and writings of Empedocles philosophical activity between the defeat of the Fabii at Cremera and the establishment of the Decemvirate, including Diogenes account that when there were signs of tyranny in Acragas, Empedocles persuaded the people to put an end to their rivalries and to adopt a democratic form of government.
Published by Bristol Classical Press
(first published January 1st 1998)
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Highly enjoyable. Essentially one long philosophical poem proposing a monist metaphysics, in which time is eternal and space finite, therefore causing a Nietzschean eternal return. Four elements make up all that exists: fire, water, earth, air. All that exists is in flux between these four: nothing is created or destroyed, simply rearranged. Empedocles had the law of conservation of matter/energy before anyone else; no wonder then, that he says that he was greeted as an oracle everywhere he went ...more