Democritus and the atoms

Plato was walking home, it was a hot afternoon, and he just wanted to get back into the cool space of his house. He was in a rush, despite the temperature, not only because he wanted to get home, but also be-cause he was in a bad temper. Plato was annoyed, something this ridiculous had not happened to him for quite some time. He was a well-established philosopher, certainly amongst the most renowned ones in Athens, and Athens that was at that time the center of the world – at least the civilized word. As every morning, Plato had gone into the Academy, a school he had founded, to teach some of his students phi-losophy. This time, things had been different. This time, an old man had been standing around, asking whether he might benefit from Plato’s wisdom. And Plato, feeling a bit flattered by the old man’s admira-tion, had agreed. Oh, what a fool he was! ...

Democritus and the atoms

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Aristoteles: De Caelo ~350n. Chr.Plato: Timaeus, Athen ~350n. Chr.

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Aristotle: De caelo, english translation 1922,  online available:
Plato: Timaeus and Critias ; Translated Into English with Introductions and Notes on the Text, London 2013.
Aristoteles: Über den Himmel, Berlin 2009.
Plato/Schneider, Carl Ernst Christoph: Plato’s Timäus, Breslau 1847.

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