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His arguments have been dismissed by some philosophers as ingenious but sophistical paradoxes. 13 But it was not for many centuries that the issues raised by Zeno were given solutions that satisWed both philosophers and mathematicians. Empedocles The most Xamboyant of the early philosophers of Greek Italy was Empedocles, who Xourished in the middle of the Wfth century. He was a native of Acragas, the town on the south coast of Sicily which is now Agrigento. The town’s port today bears the name Porto Empedocle, but this testiWes not to an enduring veneration of the philosopher, but to the Risorgimento’s passion for renaming sites in honour of Italy’s past glories.

In some parts of space there are more worlds, in others fewer; some worlds are growing, others shrinking; some are rising and some falling. They get destroyed when they collide with one another. There are some words devoid of animals or plants or moisture. (KRS 565) For Democritus, atoms and the void are the only two realities: what we see as water or Wre or plants or humans are only conglomerations of atoms in the void. The sensory qualities we see are unreal: they are due to convention. Democritus explained in detail how perceived qualities arose from diVerent kinds and conWgurations of atoms.

28 PYTHAGORAS TO PLATO were itinerant teachers who went from city to city oVering expert instruction in various subjects. Since they charged fees for imparting their skills, they might be called the Wrst professional philosophers if it were not for the fact that they oVered instruction and services over a much wider area than philosophy even in the broadest sense. The most versatile, Hippias of Elis, claimed expertise in mathematics, astronomy, music, history, literature, and mythology, as well as practical skills as a tailor and shoemaker.

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