‘First of all’: On the Semantics and Ethics of Hesiod’s Cosmogony

Ancient Philosophy 21 (2):251-276 (2001)
Abstract
A close study of Hesiod's understanding of the birth of Chaos as the beginning of the cosmos, in which I (1) show why this beginning is better interpreted as the differentiation of earth from Tartaros than as the splitting of earth from sky, (2) explicate the differentiation on three levels that structures the cosmos, and (3) reflect on the semantic and ethical implications that may have led Hesiod to this vision of the cosmos.
Keywords cosmos  differentiation  Chaos  underworld
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ISBN(s) 0740-2007  
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil200121244
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