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The Fate of PlaceA Philosophical History$
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Edward S. Casey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276031

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276031.001.0001

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The Emergence of Space in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic Thought

The Emergence of Space in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic Thought

(p.79) 4 The Emergence of Space in Hellenistic and Neoplatonic Thought
The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes Hellenistic and Neoplatonic thoughts on place and space. Epicurus may have been “the first ancient thinker to isolate space in the broadest sense.” He did so by positing a generic space—that is, what is coextensive with intangible substance (anaphes phusis)—and then recognizing at least three roles or functions of such space. Neoplatonic notions of place and space take account of Stoic, Epicurean, and earlier Atomist conceptions while always addressing themselves explicitly to Plato and even more especially to Aristotle.

Keywords:   space, place, Hellenistic thought, Neoplatonic thought, Plato, Aristotle

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