Journal article

A Micro-Intertextual Approach to Ancient Thought : The Case of the Torpedo Fish from Plato to Galen

BHAP-PH

  • 2016
Published in:
  • Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal. - Charlottesville, Philosophy Documentation Center, 2016. - 2016, vol. 37, no. 1, p. 15-48
English The torpedo (or electric ray, or crampfish) is known for causing numbness to the fishermen’s hands when captured by into their nets. This essay reconstructs a line of discussions concerning the nature of this fish’s power at a time where “electricity” did not exist. By following selected occurrences of the animal from Plato to Galen (including Aristotle, Theophrastus, Clearchus of Soli, Strato of Lampsacus, Hero of Alexandria, Pliny the Elder, and Plutarch of Chaeronea) and by comparing the relevant passages at a small-scale level with previous, contemporary, or subsequent documents, a certain approach to doing history of ideas is suggested. On the basis of this case study, the article reflects on what interpretation is, and it illustrates what kind of philosophical interest a study of outmoded questions and texts can have.
Faculty
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Department
Département de Philosophie
Language
  • English
Classification
Philosophy, psychology
License
License undefined
Open access status
green
Persistent URL
https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/325608
Statistics

Document views: 6 File downloads:
  • 2016cordonieramicro-intertextualtoancientthought.pdf: 6