theory of effluxes

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Epicurus (341—270 bc) Greek philosopher, founder of Epicureanism


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The Presocratic theory that perception is a matter of physical objects emitting some pattern of themselves, that, meeting a corresponding efflux from the body, brings about perception. Epicurus later holds that effluxes enter into ‘pores’ in the body. See eidola.

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