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Through feedback and research of historical traditions, Kahn reconstructs the trend of Anaximander’s proposal utilizing historic tools such as the reconstructive concepts of comparative linguists.

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Theophrastus may have begun his collection of material as a kind of research project under Aristotle's personal supervision. His master's thought is in any event the starting point for his own philosophical endeavor. It must be remembered that Theophrastus' motive in reporting the views of earlier Greek philosophers is by no means purely historical. The documentary concern with the past is for him above all a tool in the creative search for truth. The sixteen volumes of the ^vaiKciJv Ao^ai constituted as it were a prolonged -npoaTTopelv a preliminary analysis of the views of one's predecessors in order to decide the truth for oneself (cf.

Opin. Nor is there ' This paradoxical view of Diets was rightly by Reinhardt, Parmenides, pp. , rejected by O. Regenbogen, Theophrastos von RE, Suppl. 52. The hypothesis that such abundant excerpts could have appeared in Alexander's lost commentary is not borne out by the same author's extant work on the Metaphysics, which contains only one brief quotation from the Phys. Opin. (fr. 6 = Alex, in Met. 7). 11 = Phys. Opin. fr. 23). It seems most unlikely that Alexander's practice was radically different in the Physics commentary, or that Simpl'cius would have bothered to repeat such followed Eresos, in extensive excerpts by ^ if they had already been given his predecessor.

The confirmation of his exposi- one of detailed paraphrase. INTRODUCTION TO THE DOXOGRAPHY 23 Such carelessness is of course not always typical of Aristotle's treatment of documents. The general analysis of early Athenian history on the basis of Solon's poems {Ath. Pol. 5-12) is a brilliant example to the contrary. But verbal or mechanical slips in citation are almost too "Our author is very be the case with all or most of those who, having a wide range of reading and an unusually retentive memory, are accustomed to rely too confidently upon the latter faculty" E.

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