Before and After

J. T. Vallance

in The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithynia

Published in print October 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242482
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680489 | DOI:
Before and After

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The Ascelepiadean corpuscular hypothesis can be related quite closely to certain aspects of Erasistratean physiology. A series of reports also suggest that Asclepiades and Erasistratus adopted a similar type of approach to pathological explanation. The background is highly complex, the origins and development of a typical disease followed a pattern even more involved than the Asclepiadean. Even the Methodists seem to have the same theory and the question is asked as to why the Methodists adopted such theory in the first place when they criticised Asclepiades for falling into the trap of speculating about the nature of man? However, looking closely, the motivations of Asclepiades may not have been wholly dissimilar which thus explains the similarity in belief system influencing their approach and practice.

Keywords: Asclepiades; corpuscular hypothesis; Erasistratus; physiology; Methodists; nature of man; motivations

Chapter.  7771 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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