Empedocles


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Em·ped·o·cles

(ĕm-pĕd′ə-klēz′) Fifth century bc.
Greek philosopher who believed that all matter is composed of elemental particles of fire, water, earth, and air.
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Empedocles was arrested in 2016 after Chrysostomou reported the case to the police.
His preference for the former is absolutely clear, for as he transitions from his discussion of the theologians to that of Empedocles he remarks that "concerning mythical sophistries [[phrase omitted]], it is not worthy to inspect with seriousness; but it is necessary to learn through inquiry [[phrase omitted]] from those speaking through demonstration [[phrase omitted]]." (113) But this preference concerns only the mode of presentation; as regards tone, Aristotle seems more akin to the theologians.
386): "[...] Empedocles, Democritus, Parmenides, Pythagoras, Alcmaeon, Philolaus, Diogenes of Apollonia, Plato, Aristotle, and Theophrastus took an active interest in subjects we commonly associate with medicine, such as the anatomy and the physiology of the human body, embryology and reproduction, youth and old age, respiration, the causes of disease and of the effects of food, drink, and drugs on the body".
| WHAT...four elements did Empedocles suggest all matter was composed of?
The masterpieces of this new mode, to my mind, are From the Cloud to the Resistance and Der Tod des Empedokles; oder: wenn damn der Erde Griin von neuem euch erglanzt (The Death of Empedocles, or When the Green Earth Will Glisten for You Anew, 1987), both shot in Italy.