Religion Past and Present

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I. Philosophy of Religion

Since the beginnings of Greek philosophy, the experience of transience, expressed in the dyad “generation and corruption, coming into being and passing away” (génesis, phthorá) has been addressed as a theme both in the observational mode of natural philosophy and from an existential perspective. There is a religious dimension present when, for example, the “Anaximander Fragment” calls destruction the “atonement” of generation (DK, frg…

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Zachhuber, Johannes, “Transience”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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