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Epilogue: A Galenic Perspective

David Sedley

in Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253643
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934368 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253643.003.0008
Epilogue: A Galenic Perspective

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Creationism hardly took on an anti-scientific tenor in the six centuries from Anaxagoras to Galen, and when in the hands of Socrates, it appeared to do just that, his leading philosophical heirs united in finding a way to circumvent his apparent veto. The atomists, with their uncertain anticipations of Darwinism, may for the majority of readers have emerged as today's winners by proxy. Everything that promotes therapy of body or soul, and anything that convinces to the god's providence and enriches lives, is therefore justified; and under this latter theological heading, Galen undoubtedly means to include not only the medical art as such but also his own use of it as evidence for the creationist hypothesis. Despite Galen's reversion to a Socratic aloofness towards theoretical science, he is at the same time radically rethinking the true meaning of that tradition.

Keywords: creationism; Galen; tenor; Darwinism; hypothesis

Chapter.  2418 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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