David Torrijos-Castrillejo
Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso
In order to show the relevance of the Presocratic thinkers, certain achievements are sometimes presented as anticipations of some discoveries made by contemporary science. Anaxagoras’ explanation for the origin of the world in particular has been compared to the Big Bang theory by some scholars. The purpose of this article is to show why this theory is very different from Anaxagoras’ view of the origin of the world. For Anaxagoras, the world does not start from a tiny expanding particle. Rather, already before the beginning of the cosmos, there is a totality filled by a primordial mixture. The world emerges in it as a kind of dilating bubble. The cosmos grows by means of a whirl which absorbs the exterior mixture, deconstructing it to give origin to the different things that we know. This vortex is a unique explanation for multiple phenomena, not only helping to understand the origin of the world but also the present cosmos, which is in continuous expansion, since cosmogenesis has not been interrupted.
Keywords Anaxagoras  Presocratic Philosophy  Early Greek Cosmologies  Vortex  Cosmology  Orphism  Big Bang
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

La cosmología presocrática.David Torrijos-Castrillejo - 2015 - Hypnos. Revista Do Centro de Estudos da Antiguidade 34:132-139.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

La cosmología presocrática.David Torrijos-Castrillejo - 2015 - Hypnos. Revista Do Centro de Estudos da Antiguidade 34:132-139.
Anaxágoras.David Torrijos-Castrillejo - 2013 - Philosophica: Enciclopedia Filosófica on Line.
What Caused the Big Bang?Rem Blanchard Edwards - 2001 - Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi.
Anaxagoras and the Theory of Everything.Patricia Curd - 2008 - In Patricia Curd & Daniel W. Graham (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
Die Fragmente des Anaxagoras.O. Jöhrens & Anaxagoras - 1939 - Druck H. Pöppinghaus.
Anaxagoras.Patricia Curd - 2007 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Should We Believe in the Big Bang?: A Critique of the Integrity of Modern Cosmology.Graeme Rhook & Mark Zangari - 1994 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:228 - 237.
Anaxagoras Betwixt Parmenides and Plato.John E. Sisko - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (6):432-442.


Added to PP index

Total views
182 ( #64,273 of 2,504,599 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
142 ( #4,542 of 2,504,599 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes