Anaximander and the Architects: The Contributions of Egyptian and Greek Architectural Technologies to the Origins of Greek Philosophy

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Uses textual and archaeological evidence to argue that emerging Egyptian and Greek architectural technologies were crucial to the origins and development of Greek philosophy.
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Bypassing Aristotle to look at evidence directly from the sixth century BCE, Hahn (philosophy, Southern Illinois U.-Carbondale) shows how the architects and their projects supplied their Ionian communities with a sprouting vision of natural order governed by structural laws. He argues that their technological innovations and design techniques formed the core of an experimental science and promoted a rational, not mythopoetical, discourse central to our understanding of the context in which early Greek philosophy emerged. He illuminates Anaximander's prose book and rationalizing mentality by appealing to the ongoing extraordinary projects of the archaic architects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791447949
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

1. ANAXIMANDER AND THE ORIGINS OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY

The Problem and the Three Tiers of Explanation
The Conventional View and Its Discontents
The New Contributing Thesis:Technology as Politics

2. THE IONIAN PHILOSOPHERS AND ARCHITECTS

Fixing Anaximander's Date:The First Philosophical Book in Prose
Archaic Prose Writing: Pherecydes' Cosmogony and Legal Inscriptions
Prose in Archaic Architectural Treatises and the Community of Thales and Anaximander, Theodorus and Rhoikos, Chersiphron and Metagenes
The New Connection:The Contribution of the Egyptian Architects to the Ionian Greek Architects of the Archaic Period
An Overview of Monumental Temple Projects in Archaic Ionia
The Meaning of the Temple: Design Choices

3. THE TECHNIQUES OF THE ANCIENT ARCHITECTS

The Evidence for Imagining in Plan or Aerial View
The Evidence for Models
The Theory of Proportions
The Techniques of Anathyrosis and Empolion

4. ANAXIMANDER'S TECHNIQUES

Architect, Philosopher, and the New Vision Supplied by the Application of Geometrical Techniques
Homer's World Picture
Hesiod's World Picture
Anaximander's World Picture:The Plan or Aerial View
Anaximander's World Picture:Three-dimensional Views—The Side, Elevation, Oblique, and Axonometric Views

5. TECHNOLOGY AS POLITICS: THE ORIGINS OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY IN ITS SOCIOPOLITICAL CONTEXT

Re-Framing the New Narrative Account
The Aristocratic Patrons of Archaic Temples
Technology as Politics: The "Argument" for the Appropriation of Civic Authority

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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