Siniša Simić

A Brief Historical Review of the Meaning and Role of the Term ἀρχή in Cosmology

pages: 787-810


Relaying on Aristotle’s interpretation of pre-Socratic thought or later interpretations of early ancient philosophy it is clear that philosophy and science were conceived with a question “What is the principle of everything”, respectively that philosophical- scientific thought (with the presence of a theological context) begins with cosmological topics. Ever since Hesoid, beyond pre- Socratics until today we can notice attributing divine qualities to the principle, in a greater or lesser extent. Through this work we will see that consideration of principles is the central notion within primitive science, and that nowadays it is not in her range at all: which does not mean that it should be considered as excessive from the aspect of theological and philosophical thought.




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