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Empédocles

Fecha de nacimiento: 490 a.C.
Fecha de muerte: 430 a.C.

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Empédocles de Agrigento, en griego Ἐμπεδοκλής, [1]​ fue un filósofo y político griego.

En la Grecia antigua, con pensadores como Parménides, Heráclito y Pitágoras entre otros, la separación gradual entre lo espiritual y lo material, entre el movimiento y la inmutabilidad del Ser, entre lo racional y lo sensible, etc., representaban algunas de las preocupaciones de la filosofía de aquella época. En el caso de Empédocles, su pensamiento tuvo presente algunas de estas ideas y las incorporó en una doctrina que contempla tanto la argumentación racionalista como el espíritu místico.

Fue un filósofo que se interesó mucho por el pensamiento de Parménides. Tomó de él muchos atributos asignados al Ser parmenídeo y los aplicó a su propia Sphairos, la divinidad en la cual todo estaba mezclado en armonía. Cree como Parménides que nada puede originarse de la nada y que lo que existe no puede desaparecer, pero mientras que aquel deducía de esto que la realidad era una e inmóvil, Empédocles postuló que eran cuatro los principios materiales de la realidad y que se hallaban en constante movimiento, mezclándose y repulsándose por las fuerzas espirituales del Amor y el Odio. Estos eran los elementos propuestos por Tales de Mileto, Anaxímenes, Heraclito y Jenófanes: agua, aire, fuego y tierra respectivamente.

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Frases Empédocles

„I shall speak twice over. As upon a time One came to be alone out of many, so at another time it divided to be many out of One: fire and water and earth and the limitless vault of air, and wretched Strife apart from these, in equal measure to everything, and Love among them, equal in length and breadth.“

—  Empedocles
Context: But come, hear my words, since indeed learning improves the spirit. Now as I said before, setting out the bounds of my words, I shall speak twice over. As upon a time One came to be alone out of many, so at another time it divided to be many out of One: fire and water and earth and the limitless vault of air, and wretched Strife apart from these, in equal measure to everything, and Love among them, equal in length and breadth. Consider [Love] in mind, you, and don't sit there with eyes glazing over. It is a thing considered inborn in mortals, to their very bones; through it they form affections and accomplish peaceful acts, calling it Joy or Aphrodite by name. from fr. 17 Variant translations: But come! but hear my words! For knowledge gained/Makes strong thy soul. For as before I spake/Naming the utter goal of these my words/I will report a twofold truth. Now grows/The One from Many into being, now/Even from one disparting come the Many--/Fire, Water, Earth, and awful heights of Air;/And shut from them apart, the deadly Strife/In equipoise, and Love within their midst/In all her being in length and breadth the same/Behold her now with mind, and sit not there/With eyes astonished, for 'tis she inborn/Abides established in the limbs of men/Through her they cherish thoughts of love, through her/Perfect the works of concord, calling her/By name Delight, or Aphrodite clear. tr. William E. Leonard

„Far from the Blest; such is the path I tread,“

—  Empedocles
Context: A law there is, an oracle of Doom, Of old enacted by the assembled gods, That if a Daemon—such as live for ages— Defile himself with foul and sinful murder, He must for seasons thrice ten thousand roam Far from the Blest; such is the path I tread, I too a wanderer and exile from heaven. tr. Phillip H. De Lacy and Benedict Einarson. Cf. full quotation at Leonard p. 54-55 https://books.google.com/books?id=omUTAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA54#v=onepage&q&f=false fr. 115, as paraphrased in Plutarch's Moralia

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„I too a wanderer and exile from heaven.“

—  Empedocles
Context: A law there is, an oracle of Doom, Of old enacted by the assembled gods, That if a Daemon—such as live for ages— Defile himself with foul and sinful murder, He must for seasons thrice ten thousand roam Far from the Blest; such is the path I tread, I too a wanderer and exile from heaven. tr. Phillip H. De Lacy and Benedict Einarson. Cf. full quotation at Leonard p. 54-55 https://books.google.com/books?id=omUTAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA54#v=onepage&q&f=false fr. 115, as paraphrased in Plutarch's Moralia

„He must for seasons thrice ten thousand roam“

—  Empedocles
Context: A law there is, an oracle of Doom, Of old enacted by the assembled gods, That if a Daemon—such as live for ages— Defile himself with foul and sinful murder, He must for seasons thrice ten thousand roam Far from the Blest; such is the path I tread, I too a wanderer and exile from heaven. tr. Phillip H. De Lacy and Benedict Einarson. Cf. full quotation at Leonard p. 54-55 https://books.google.com/books?id=omUTAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA54#v=onepage&q&f=false fr. 115, as paraphrased in Plutarch's Moralia

„Fortunate is he who has acquired a wealth of divine understanding, but wretched the one whose interest lies in shadowy conjectures about divinities.“

—  Empedocles
fr. 132 Variant translations: Blessed is he who has acquired a wealth of divine wisdom, but miserable is he in whom there rests a dim opinion concerning the gods. tr. Arthur Fairbanks

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„For already, sometime, I have been a boy and a girl, a shrub, a bird, and a silent fish in the sea.“

—  Empedocles
fr. 117 Variant translations: Once on a time a youth was I, and I was a maiden/A bush, a bird, and a fish with scales that gleam in the ocean. tr. Jane Ellen Harrison

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