Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Ancient Atomism" by Sylvia Berryman

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A. General

  • Furley, David J. Two Studies in the Greek Atomists, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1967.
  • Furley, David J. The Greek Cosmologists vol 1: The Formation of the Atomic Theory and its Earliest Critics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
  • Hasper, Pieter Sjoerd. ‘Aristotle’s Diagnosis of Atomism,’ Apeiron, 39 (2006): 121–56. (Scholar)
  • Konstan, David. ‘Atomism and its Heritage: Minimal Parts,’ Ancient Philosophy, 2 (1982): 60–75. (Scholar)
  • Makin, Stephen. Indifference Arguments, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1993.
  • Pyle, Andrew. Atomism and Its Critics: From Democritus to Newton, Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 1997.
  • Sedley, David. Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.
  • Sorabji, Richard. Time, Creation and the Continuum: Theories in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, London and Ithaca, NY: Duckworth and Cornell University Press, 1983.

B. Atomism before Leucippus

  • Cornford, F.M. Plato and Parmenides: Parmenides’ Way of Truth and Plato’s Parmenides, translated with an introduction and a running commentary, London: Routledge, 1939. (Scholar)
  • Guthrie, W.K.C. A History of Greek Philosophy vol. 1: The Earlier Presocratics and the Pythagoreans, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967.
  • Heidel, W.A. ‘The Pythagoreans and Greek Mathematics,’ American Journal of Philology, 61 (1940): 1–33. (Scholar)
  • More, Henry. Conjectura Cabbalistica, London: J. Flesher, 1653.
  • Owen, G.E.L. ‘Zeno and the mathematicians,’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 58 (1957–8): 199–222. (Scholar)
  • Sedley, David, 2008, ‘Atomism’s Eleatic Roots,’ in Patricia Curd and Daniel W. Graham (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 305–332. (Scholar)
  • Tannéry, Paul. L’Histoire de la science héllène, Paris: Georg Olms, 1887. (Scholar)

C. & D. Plato, Platonists and Xenocrates

  • Dillon, John. The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy (347–274 BC), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003.
  • Konstan, David. ‘Points, Lines, and Infinity: Aristotle’s Physics Zeta and Hellenistic Philosophy,’ in John J. Cleary (ed.), Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, 3 (1988): 1–32. (Scholar)
  • Mueller, Ian, ‘Plato’s Geometrical Chemistry and Its Exegesis in Antiquity,’, 159–76 in P. Suppes, J. Moravcsik and H. Mendell (eds.), Ancient and Medieval Traditions in the Exact Sciences: Essays in Memory of Wilbur Knorr, Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2000. (Scholar)
  • Opsomer, J. (2012), ‘In Defence of Geometric Atomism: Explaining Elemental Properties,’ in J. Wilberding and C. Horn (ed), Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 147–73. (Scholar)
  • Sambursky, S. The Physical World of Late Antiquity, London: Routledge, 1962.
  • Sedley, David. ‘On Generation and Corruption 1.2,’ 65–89 in Frans de Haas and Jaap Mansfeld (eds), Aristotle: On Generation and Corruption, Book 1: Symposium Aristotelicum, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004. (Scholar)
  • Siorvanes, Lucas. Proclus: Neo-Platonic Philosophy and Science, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996.
  • Strang, Colin and K.W. Mills, ‘Plato and the Instant,’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Supplementary Volume), 48 (1974): 63–96. (Scholar)

E. Minima Naturalia

  • Copenhaver, Brian. ‘Scholastic Philosophy and Renaissance Magic in the De Vita of Marsilio Ficino,’ Renaissance Quarterly, 37 (1984): 523–54. (Scholar)
  • Glasner, Ruth. ‘Ibn Rushd’s Theory of Minima Naturalia,’ Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 11 (2001): 9–26. (Scholar)
  • Murdoch, John E. ‘The Medieval and Renaissance Tradition of Minima Naturalia,’ 91–132 in Christoph Lüthy, John E. Murdoch and William R. Newman (eds), Late Medieval and Early Modern Corpuscular Matter Theories, Leiden: Brill, 2001. (Scholar)

F. Diodorus Cronus

  • Denyer, Nicholas. ‘The Atomism of Diodorus Cronus,’ Prudentia, 13 (1981): 33–45. (Scholar)
  • Sedley, David. ‘Diodorus Cronus and Hellenistic Philosophy,’ Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (New Series), 23 (1977): 74–120. (Scholar)

G. Followers of Democritus and Epicurus

  • Betegh, Gábor (2006). ‘Epicurus’ Argument for Atomism,’ in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 30: Summer 2006. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Clay, Diskin. Paradosis and Survival: Three Chapters in the History of Epicurean Philosophy, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998.
  • Frischer, B. The Sculpted Word: Epicureanism and Philosophical Recruitment in Ancient Greece, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.
  • Gigante, Marcello. Philodemus in Italy: The Books from Herculaneum, translated by Dirk Obbink, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.
  • Smith, Martin Ferguson. Diogenes of Oinoanda: The Epicurean Inscription, Edited with Introduction, Translation and Notes, Naples: Bibliopolis, 1993.
  • Warren, James. Epicurus and Democritean Ethics: An Archaeology of Ataraxia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Warren, James (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

H. Atomism and Particle Theories in the Sciences

  • Berryman, Sylvia. The Mechanical Hypothesis in Ancient Greek Natural Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Berryman, Sylvia. ‘The Evidence for Strato of Lampsacus in Hero of Alexandria,’ in Marie-Laurence Desclos and W.W. Fortenbaugh (eds.), Strato of Lampsacus, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2011. (Scholar)
  • Drachmann, A. G. Ktesibios, Philon and Heron: A Study in Ancient Pneumatics, Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1948.
  • Gottschalk, Hans. Heracleides of Pontus, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980.
  • Netz, Reviel. ‘Were There Epicurean Mathematicians?’ Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, XLIX (2015): 283–320. (Scholar)
  • Vallance, J.T. The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithynia, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Von Staden, Heinrich. ‘Teleology and Mechanism: Aristotelian Biology and Early Hellenistic Medicine,’ 183–208 in Wolfgang Kullmann and Sabine Föllinger (eds), Aristotelische Biologie: Intentionen, Methoden, Ergebnisse, Stuttgart: F. Steiner Verlag, 1997. (Scholar)

I. Atomism in Other Traditions

Atomist theories are also found in classical Islamic and Indian philosophy:
  • Adamson, P. (2016) ‘Atomismus bei ar-Rāzī,’̄, in T. Buchheim, D. Meissner & N. Wachsmann (ed.), Soma [ΣΩΜΑ]: Körperkonzepte und körperliche Existenz in der antiken Philosophie und Literatur. Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag. (Scholar)
  • Baffioni, C. (1982), Atomismo e antiatomismo nel pensiero islamico, Napoli: Instituto Universitario Orientale. (Scholar)
  • Cerami, C. (2012). ‘Mélange, Minima Naturalia et croissance animale dans le Commentaire Moyen d’Avarroès à De Generation et Corruption I.5,’ in J. Biard and S. Romnevaux (eds), Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137–164. (Scholar)
  • Dhanani, Alnoor. The Physical Theory of Kalam, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994.
  • Ganeri, Jonardo. Philosophy in Classical India, London: Routledge 2001.
  • Glasner, Ruth. ‘Ibn Rushd’s Theory of Minima Naturalia,’ Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 11 (2001): 9–26. (Scholar)
  • Langermann, Tzvi (2009). ‘Islamic Atomism and the Galenic Tradition,’ History of Science 47:277–295. (Scholar)
  • McGinnis, Jon. ‘The Topology of Time: An Analysis of Medieval Islamic Accounts of Discrete and Continuous Time,’ The Modern Schoolman, 81 (2003): 5–25. (Scholar)
  • Pines, Shlomo. Studies in Islamic Atomism, trans. Michael Schwartz, ed. Tzvi Langermann, Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, 1997.
  • Potter, Karl H. Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies vol. 2: Indian Metaphysics and Epistemology, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977.
  • Rashed, Marwan. ‘Natural philosophy,’ 287–307 in Peter Adamson and Richard C. Taylor (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 2005. (Scholar)

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