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Explaining the Cosmos:
The Ionian Tradition of Scientific Philosophy
Daniel W. Graham

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PREFACE xi
ABBREVIATIONS AND BRIEF REFERENCES xv

Chapter 1: The Ionian Program 1
1.1 Anaximander's Project 4
1.2 Anaximander's Project as a Scientific Program 14
1.3 Toward an Understanding of the Ionian Tradition 18

Chapter 2: Anaximander's Principles 28
2.1 Out of the Boundless 28
2.2 Powers in Conflict 34
2.3 Elements and Powers 39

Chapter 3: Anaximenes’ Theory of Change 45
3.1 The Theory of Change 45
3.2 Material Monism 48
3.3 Problems with Material Monism 50
3.4 Anaximenes and the Generating Substance Theory 67
3.5 Anaximenes’ Achievement 82

Chapter 4: The Generating Substance Theory as an Explanatory Hypothesis 85
4.1 GST Formalized 85
4.2 A Compromise View? 88
4.3 GST as a Paradigm of Explanation 91
4.4 Advantages of GST 98
4.5 Disadvantages of GST 106

Chapter 5: Heraclitus's Criticism of Ionian Philosophy 113
5.1 Extreme Interpretations 113
5.2 Barnes's Argument for Heraclitus-F 118
5.3 The Unity of Opposites 122
5.4 The Flux Thesis 129
5.5 Heraclitus and GST 137

Chapter 6: Parmenides' Criticism of Ionian Philosophy 148
6.1 Parmenides' Response to Heraclitus 148
6.2 Parmenides' Criticism 155
6.3 Properties of What-Is 162
6.4 Deceptive Cosmology 169
6.5 Parmenides' Scientific Discovery 179
6.6 Parmenides' Response to GST 182

Chapter 7: Anaxagoras and Empedocles: Eleatic Pluralists 186
7.1 The Standard Interpretation 186
7.2 Questions about the Standard Intepretation 188
7.3 The Elemental Substance Theory 195
7.4 Parmenides and Origins of the Elemental Substance Theory 201
7.5 Two Theories of Elements 208
7.6 Empirical Advances 220

Chapter 8: The Elemental Substance Theory as an Explanatory Hypothesis 224
8.1 EST Formalized 224
8.2 EST and Eleatic Theory 227
8.3 EST with and without Emergence 229
8.4 Advantages of EST 233
8.5 Disadvantages of EST 241

Chapter 9: The Atomist Reform 250
9.1 The Challenge 250
9.2 Foundational Arguments 256
9.3 Atomism and EST 269
9.4 Birth of the Cosmos 271

Chapter 10: Diogenes of Apollonia and Material Monism 277
10.1 Diogenes in Modern Accounts 277
10.2 Diogenes in a New Light 279
10.3 Diogenes in Historical Context 284
10.4 A New Theory of Matter 290

Chapter 11: The Ionian Legacy 294
11.1 Paradigms of Explanation 294
11.2 Explanatory Progress 298
11.3 The Primacy of Ionian Research 302

REFERENCES 309
INDEX LOCORUM 327
GENERAL INDEX 337

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