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Democritus Platonissans by [More, Henry, 1614-1687]
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Length: 125 pages

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  • File Size: 131 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (February 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2006
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039GL3DU
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From the editor's introduction:

"Democritus and the Epicureans, of course, advocated the theme of infinite worlds in an infinite universe which More accepted; but at the same time, he rejected their view of a mechanistic and fortuitous creation. Although Plato specifically rejects the idea of infinite worlds (in Timaeus), More imagines, as the title of his poem implies, a Platonic universe, by which he really means neo-Platonic, combined with a Democritean plurality of worlds."

Henry More, a 'Cambridge Platonist,' wrote Democritus Platonissans ('A "platonised" Democritus') to reconcile the physics of Galileo and Descartes with his Platonic 'faith.' The abstruse subject matter may be one reason this poem does not entirely succeed in its aim. A lack of genius may be another:

An inward triumph doth my soul up-heave
And spread abroad through endlesse ’spersed aire.
My nimble mind this clammie clod doth leave,
And lightly stepping on from starre to starre
Swifter then lightning, passeth wide and farre,
Measuring th’ unbounded Heavens and wastfull skie;
Ne ought she finds her passage to debarre,
For still the azure Orb as she draws nigh
Gives back, new starres appear, the worlds walls ’fore her flie.

(This review, re-written 8 Jan 2015, replaces the original)
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I wanted some information on the life of Democritus, who might be an earlier incarnation of me :-) this booklet is about Henry More and his comments, 400 some years ago, on something or other Democritus said or did. I did not bother to get the details. It was a free Kindle book, so nothing lost.
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