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Everything in Everything: Anaxagoras's Metaphysics

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2017.11.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anna Marmodoro, Everything in Everything: Anaxagoras's Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, 2017, 214 pp., $78.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190611972. Reviewed by John Palmer, University of Florida Anna Marmodoro's Anaxagoras is a power ontologist with a theory of extreme mixture that makes his world gunky rather than atomic. The fundamental elements of his physical system -- the hot and the cold, the moist and the dry, and so on -- are tropes that are physical but not material: they are instances of opposite physical properties that are not borne by any material substratum. They are also instances of causal powers that are constantly active and exercising their constitutional causal role, though they are manifest only at higher concentrations within the bundles constituting stuffs and organisms. Because Marmodoro's Anaxagoras rejects the possibility of creation from, or destruction into, nothing, and also the. . .

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