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Empedocles
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of Akragas in Sicily (probably born c. 491, died c. 430 bce), a multifaceted Greek philosopher concerned to heal and set things right as an itinerant orator, physician, priest and magician. To some extent, his biography was embellished (the account of his leap into Etna). Empedocles wrote On Nature (2 books) and Purifications. Apart from fragments, two major passages from his first work have been directly transmitted; having only been found recently, they complete our knowledge of Empedocles's philosophical explanation of the world. Building on both Heraclitus and Pa…

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Hülser, Karlheinz, “Empedocles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04976>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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