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Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity

David Sedley


The world is configured in ways that seem systematically hospitable to life forms, especially the human race. Is this the outcome of divine planning or simply of the laws of physics? Ancient Greeks and Romans famously disagreed on whether the cosmos was the product of design or accident. This book examines this question and illuminates new historical perspectives on the pantheon of thinkers who laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science. Versions of what we call the “creationist” option were widely favored by the major thinkers of classical antiquity, including Plato, whose ideas o ... More

Keywords: divine planning, laws of physics, Ancient Greeks, Ancient Romans, cosmos, classical antiquity, Plato, Aristotle's teleology, atomists, infinity of space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253643
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sedley, author