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Ideas of Empedocles, by Text

[Greek, c.495 - 435 BCE, Born and lived at Acragas, in southern Sicily. A doctor, and public 'sage'.]

453BCE On Nature (frags)
p.17 Empedocles said good and evil were the basic principles
p.165 Empedocles said that there are four material elements, and two further creative elements
p.185 Empedocles says things are at rest, unless love unites them, or hatred splits them
p.205 Empedocles says bone is water, fire and earth in ratio 2:4:2
p.471 Fire, Water, Air and Earth are elements, being simple as well as homoeomerous
p.471 There is no coming-to-be of anything, but only mixing and separating
p.499 The elements combine in coming-to-be, but how do the elements themselves come-to-be?
p.519 Love and Strife only explain movement if their effects are distinctive
61 p.50 Maybe bodies are designed by accident, and the creatures that don't work are destroyed
A86 p.157 For Empedocles thinking is almost identical to perception
B008 p.52 Substance is not created or destroyed in mortals, but there is only mixing and exchange
B008 p.119 'Nature' is just a word invented by people
B012 p.52 Nothing could come out of nothing, and existence could never completely cease
B017 p.53 All change is unity through love or division through hate
B017 p.54 If the one Being ever diminishes it would no longer exist, and what could ever increase it?
B028 p.56 God is a pure, solitary, and eternal sphere
B088 p.61 One vision is produced by both eyes
B132 p.155 It is wretched not to want to think clearly about the gods
B134 p.67 God is pure mind permeating the universe
452BCE Purifications (frags)
p.151 In Empedocles' theory God is ignorant because, unlike humans, he doesn't know one of the elements (strife)