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dc.contributor.authorLong, Alex
dc.identifier.citationLong , A 2017 , ' Immortality in Empedocles ' , Apeiron , vol. 50 , no. 1 , pp. 1-20 .
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dc.descriptionMost of the work for the paper was undertaken in Toronto during a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.en
dc.description.abstractThe paper examines Empedocles’ attributions of immortality. I argue that Empedocles does not withhold immortality from the gods but rather has an unorthodox conception of what immortality is. Immortality does not mean, or imply, endless duration. A god’s immortality is its continuity, as one and the same organism, over a long but finite period. This conception of divine immortality then influences Empedocles’ other attributions of immortality, each of which marks a contrast with discontinuity, real or apparent. The nature of this contrast varies from context to context, and there is considerable heterogeneity in the list of immortal items. On the other hand, the attribution of immortality never implies that the item is completely changeless.
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dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.titleImmortality in Empedoclesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Classicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for the Study of Ancient Systems of Knowledgeen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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