John Palmer: "Elemental Change in Empedocles"

John Palmer (Florida): "Elemental Change in Empedocles". Listen to the talk here.

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Abstract

This paper shows how recognizing that the Empedoclean roots fire, water, earth, and air are subject to forms of generation and destruction consistent with his rejection of generation from and destruction into nothing makes for improved understanding of the difficult verses at Physika 1.234-6 (31B17.3-5 D-K), the block of text in which they occur, and Empedocles' element theory more generally.