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p. 394. Physicslocked

  • Brad Inwood


One of the main dividing lines in Greek physical theory was the question of the nature of matter. ‘Physics’ explains that the Stoics fit squarely into the non-atomistic tradition, being definitely committed to the infinite divisibility of matter, the rejection of void, and the fundamental role of four basic forms of matter—earth, air, fire, and water—with no need for a special kind of stuff for the heavenly bodies. It considers the ‘big picture’ of Stoic cosmology and their providential determinism. If the determined world is part of a grand plan aimed at producing the good, why is there so much bad in the world?

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