Ancient Philosophy Today 3 (1):3-29 (2021)

Luca Dondoni
University College London
In my paper, I shall provide a reading of Diogenes of Apollonia such that his understanding of the metaphysics of differentiation and of individual ensoulment may constitute an ingenious answer to the problems of his time. To this extent, I will argue that Diogenes' worldview solves the difficulties of Anaxagoras' metaphysics and successfully integrates mentality in a causally closed conception of nature. Finally, I will suggest that a Diogenes-inspired approach might be relevant to treat some pressing concerns in the contemporary philosophy of mind – thus demonstrating how his production might offer some interesting solutions for the problems of our time too.
Keywords Diogenes of Apollonia  Anaxagoras of Clazomenae  Panpsychism  Hard Problem of Consciousness  Metaphysics of mind  Presocratic Philosophy
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DOI 10.3366/anph.2021.0040
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