Unformatted text preview: apeiron mean? These have all been considered possibilities: 1. Spatially infinite. 2. Qualitatively indefinite. 3. Temporally infinite (i.e., eternal). (2) seems most plausible: Anaximander posits the apeiron in response to Thales. His objection to water cannot have been that there was only a finite amount of it. Rather, it was that water is a determinate kind of stuff, essentially cold and wet. If originally there was only water, we are left with no account of how there could be any hot, or dry, or fire. See KRS 109-110 . What’s crucial for Anaximander is that the original element be neutral in quality, independent of all the so-called elements (earth, air, fire, water) and pairs of opposites (hot/cold, wet/dry). Still, he may also have supposed it to be infinite in extent (i.e., without spatial boundaries). For details on Anaximander’s cosmological theory, see Guthrie, pp. 89-90....
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