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Everything in Everything: Anaxagoras's Metaphysics

Anna Marmodoro


Anaxagoras of Clazomenae (fifth century BCE) is best known for his stance that there is a share of everything in everything. He puts forward this theory of extreme mixture as a solution to the problem of change that he and his contemporaries inherited from Parmenides: that what is cannot come from what is not (and vice versa). For Anaxagoras the fundamental elements of reality are the opposites (hot, cold, wet, dry, etc.), which are instances of physical causal powers. Everything there is in the universe (except nous) derives from the composition of the opposites into (phenomenologically emerg ... More

Keywords: Anaxagoras, Parmenides, the opposites, mixture, causal power, composition, infinity, gunk, part and whole, emergence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190611972
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Marmodoro, author
Oxford University