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Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity$
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David Sedley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253643

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253643.001.0001

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Epilogue: A Galenic Perspective

Epilogue: A Galenic Perspective

(p.239) Epilogue: A Galenic Perspective
Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity

David Sedley

University of California Press

Creationism hardly took on an anti-scientific tenor in the six centuries from Anaxagoras to Galen, and when in the hands of Socrates, it appeared to do just that, his leading philosophical heirs united in finding a way to circumvent his apparent veto. The atomists, with their uncertain anticipations of Darwinism, may for the majority of readers have emerged as today's winners by proxy. Everything that promotes therapy of body or soul, and anything that convinces to the god's providence and enriches lives, is therefore justified; and under this latter theological heading, Galen undoubtedly means to include not only the medical art as such but also his own use of it as evidence for the creationist hypothesis. Despite Galen's reversion to a Socratic aloofness towards theoretical science, he is at the same time radically rethinking the true meaning of that tradition.

Keywords:   creationism, Galen, tenor, Darwinism, hypothesis

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