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Volume 51, Issue 4

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Explaining Earth’s Stability by Uniformity: Origins of the Argument

Radim Kočandrle
Published Online: 2018-08-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2018-0023

Abstract

Aristotle ascribes to Anaximander a conception according to which the Earth remains in its place due to uniformity. Plato shows that this argument’s validity is based on both the Earth and the universe being spherical. Anaximander, however, believed the Earth to be flat. Since Aetius ascribes the abovementioned reasoning also to Parmenides, in whose work we find hits to spherical shapes, the argument might be based on Parmenides’ thoughts.

Keywords: Anaximander; Aristotle; cosmology; equilibrium; The Earth

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Published Online: 2018-08-25

Published in Print: 2018-10-25


Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 51, Issue 4, Pages 459–482, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2018-0023.

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