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Publications on Anaximander
Many craters on the moon bear the names of
famous philosophers and astronomers.
A modest crater at 66N, 48W, which is not even
indicated on many maps of the moon,
has been named after Anaximander.
De verordening van de Tijd. Interpretatie en vertaling van het fragment van Anaximander met
een appendix over de visualisering van zijn wereldbeeld (The Ordinance of Time. Interpretation
and Translation of Anaximander's Fragment, with an Appendix on the Visualization of his
World-Picture), Dissertation Amsterdam, Delft, Eburon 1989.
On front and back of the book you see front and back of a badly damaged statue that bears the name (An)aximandr(os) and
that was found at the Bouleuterion at Miletus.
- Anaximander in Context, New Studies in the Origins of Greek Philosophy. Albany,
State University of New York Press 2003 (together with Robert Hahn and Gerard Naddaf).
One of the many pictures in this book is my reconstruction of Anaximander's map of the world:
For a review of this book by Robin Waterfield, see:
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2002/2002-12-03.html. A quotation
from this review: The reader will see that I think there is an upward trend
in the usefulness of the three monographs contained in this book. Couprie's is certainly
- The Visualization
of Anaximanders Universe. in: Apeiron, A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and
1995 (28), no. 3, 159-181.
This picture is a representation of Anaximander's universe
in summer (left) and in winter (right). We see the wheels of sun and moon circling around the
drum-shaped earth. The wheels of the stars (which are, according to Anaximander, nearest
to the earth) together make up a sphere. For further explanation of these pictures,
see my article in
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Anaximanders Discovery of Space, in: A.Preus (ed.),
A.Preus (ed.)Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy VI. Before Plato. Albany, State University
of New York Press 2001, pp.23-48.
- presteros aulos Revisited, in: Apeiron,
A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science, 34.2001, no.3, pp.193-202.
In the article presteros aulos Revisited, it is argued
that Anaximander compared the light of the celestial bodies with beams of lightning,
and not with the "nozzle of a bellows", as is commonly thought
For the full text of the article,
- Anaximander. in: The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, eds. J. Fieser
and B. Dowden.
- "Greek Influence on the Representation
of the Heaven in Ptolemaic Egyptian Art", paper read at the XVth International Congress
of Aesthetics in Japan (Makuhari), 27-31 August, 2001 (published on the CD-Rom of the
Congress: "The Great Book
of Aesthetics, Proceedings", ed. by Ken-ichi Sasaki and Tanehisa Otabe, Tokyo 2004)
For the full text of this paper, including all the pictures,
In the paper Greek Influence on the Representation
of the Heaven in Ptolemaic Egyptian Art it is argued these Egyptian
representations of the heaven are possibly influenced by Anaximander's conceptions. The first one
shows a twofold arching Nut (the goddess of the heavens) and a curled earth-god Geb on the ceiling
of a room in the temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. The other one shows a threefold arching
Nut on the ceiling of a room in the temple of Hathor at Dendara.
- Anaximander und die Geschichte des griechischen Weltmodells: Eine Auseinandersetzung
mit Detlev Fehling” (Anaximander and the History of
the Greek World-Picture: A Discussion with Detlev Fehling), in: Prima Phlosophia
17.2, April-June 2004, pp.127-143.
For the full text of this article (in German),
- “Anaximander”, in: Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece, ed. by Patricia O’Grady,
forthcoming 2004 (together with Heleen J.Pott)
For the full text of this article,click here.
- Imagining the Universe,
(35): 47-59. Review article of Robert Hahn, Anaximander and the Architects.
The Contributions of Egyptian and Greek Architectural Technologies on the Origins of Greek
Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press 2001 (together with H. J. Pott).
- Anaximanders Numbers, or the
Discovery of Space, read at the 15th Annual Conference of the Society for Ancient Greek
Philosophy at Binghamton NY, October 25-27, 1996.
- The Translation of
Anaximanders Poetical Words, read at the 20th World Congress of
Philosophy at Boston Mass., August 10-16, 1998.
This is my translation of Anaximander's fragment:
Whence things have their origin,
Thence also their destruction happens,
As is the order of things;
For they execute the sentence upon one another
- The condemnation for the crime -
In conformity with the ordinance of Time.