Epimenides


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Epimenides

(ĕpĭmĕn`ĭdēz), fl. 6th cent.? B.C., Cretan prophet and miracle worker. According to one story, he was called to Athens to purify the city after the murder of Cylon on the Acropolis. Many poems, oracles, and sayings were attributed to him (Titus 1.12 is supposed to contain one of these).

Epimenides

 

a semilegendary sage, prophet, and poet of ancient Greece. Born on the island of Crete.

As a young shepherd, Epimenides fell asleep in a cave and slept for 57 (or 40) years. When he awoke, he discovered he had the abilities of both a priest and a poet. According to tradition, Epimenides purified Athens of the taint from murders committed at the altar during Cylon’s uprising (seventh century B.C.) and established the sanctuary of the Eumenides. Epic poems about the origin of the gods and about the construction of the Argo and Jason’s voyage have been ascribed to Epimenides. He is believed to have lived in the seventh or sixth century B.C; according to some authorities, his visit to Athens took place in 500. In classical tradition Epimenides is numbered among the seven wise men.

Epimenides

philosopher nods off for 57 years in cave. [Gk. Legend: LLEI, I: 283]
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For it is most true, that a natural and secret hatred, and aversation towards society, in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast; but it is most untrue, that it should have any character at all, of the divine nature; except it proceed, not out of a pleasure in solitude, but out of a love and desire to sequester a man's self, for a higher conversation: such as is found to have been falsely and feignedly in some of the heathen; as Epimenides the Candian, Numa the Roman, Empedocles the Sicilian, and Apollonius of Tyana; and truly and really, in divers of the ancient hermits and holy fathers of the church.
Epimenides is the guy who came up with the paradox about the Cretans who says All Cretans are liars which then becomes Godel's incompleteness theorem.
The Cretan Epimenides is supposed to have said: "All Cretans are liars.
A renowned paradox that is suitable for our discussion here is the "Liar's Paradox" that tradition ascribes to Epimenides of Crete for having said that "Ali Cretans are liars.
If I take the familiar paradox of Epimenides 'Everything that I say is a lie'--I may say that one of the facets that characterize literature is the faking, the distortion of 'truth', the oblique glance at the 'reality'.
Oh, yes, indeed, the Cretan poet, Epimenides, / that old Sicilian, Aratus, and that prophet of prisons who will set me free / by adjusting my head during my golf swing
Por eso, la posicion de Pablo queda para Schleiermacher reflejada en una cita que no proviene de las epistolas paulinas, sino del libro de Hechos, y constituye ademas una cita de Epimenides de Creta: es la famosa expresion "en el vivimos, nos movemos y somos" (Hch 17,28).
Se incluye un breve capitulo sobre Creta, que comenta textos de Epimenides pero tambien de otros autores.
Antes de que Hoffstadter, habeis oido hablar de Hoffstadter, en--Una eterna trenza dorada--uniese musica de Bach, al grabador Escher, ese que hace los grabados y el agua sube y une las matematicas de Godel que toma de Epimenides la paradoja del mentiroso y une estas tres cosas que parecen tan disparejas.
Theorem X is an example of a self-refuting statement, the most famous of which is the paradox spoken by the Cretan Epimenides.
Most were tied to reflections on the vagaries of reason and consciousness: these included his observation (cited earlier) on the fleeting quality of conscious reason in "deep thinkers" (EP 328-29); an allusion to the fabled fifty-year sleep of Epimenides, which he evoked while raising the question "In the cataleptic in which the animal [body] is reduced to the purely sensitive state, what happens to the so-called commerce between body and soul?
The first is Epimenides, a famous Cretan poet known for writing a hymn to Zeus.