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With Anaximander's brief and famously cryptic fragment on being, boundlessness, injustice, and order of time as an interpretive guidepost, I seek here to highlight and to reflect on the significance of some of those connections, and in the process, to demonstrate what I believe metaphysics to be, and what it will require for its future practice.
Milan Dekleva (1946), the author of one of the most notable poetic oeuvres in the last thirty years, made the pre-Socratic thinker Anaximander the central character and speaker in his collection Panicni clovek [Panic Man] (1990) a decade before 2000, the landmark date I chose for this study.
If you prefer your physics steeped in context, though, this new volume is the place to dive in, for Rovelli writes eloquently here about historical figures from Anaximander to Einstein, and even poets like Dante and Shakespeare.
are often created with specific aims in " The earliest Greek known to have made a map of the world was Anaximander.
The most explicit discussion of Zwiesprache I'm aware of appears an essay by Heidegger on the saying of Anaximander. "If we are able to hear the saying," Heidegger tells us, "it then no longer speaks to us as an opinion historically long past" (Heidegger 1950a, p.
His pupil, Anaximander, posited the existence of an invisible eternal substance, apeiron, that gave rise to everything that we perceive.
It has been noted that in stating about the parallel universes that "each exists, apart and independently, in the bosom of its proper and particular God" Poe unconsciously reiterated the cosmography of Anaximander (the Ionian philosopher), who similarly "declared the innumerable worlds to be gods" (cf.
Nonetheless, wind was defined as moving [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] by Anaximander at the latest (e.g., Anaximander, Frr.
Moreover, students of every discipline can find texts relevant to them: Gilgamesh's forays into the cedar wood of Humbaba inspires wonder about humans' innate need to destroy nature as a means of asserting mastery over it, and Anaximander's theories that all life originated in the sea inspires awe at the human capacity for logic and critical thinking.
I will also be referring to Heidegger's essay "The Anaximander Fragment," which is a powerful intertext in Derrida's book.