Alcmaeon of Croton was an early Greek medical writer and . Later authors such as Iamblichus (VP , ), Philoponus (De An. p. 88), and. Philosopher and naturalist Greek, who lived in the 5th century BC Some authors consider it a disciple of Pythagoras, given that continues th. View the profiles of people named Alcmeon de Crotona. Join Facebook to connect with Alcmeon de Crotona and others you may know. Facebook gives people.

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The only conclusions we can reasonably draw about Alcmaeon from the passage are that he excised the eyeball of an animal and observed poroi channels, i. He was the first to develop an argument for the immortality of the soul. It has recently been suggested, however, that our sole source for these views Censorinus is mistaken and that, while Alcmaeon thought that both the male and female contributed to the child, only the male contributed seed Leitao Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database.

A majority of scholars up to the middle of the twentieth century followed this tradition. Its primary application is to democracies Herodotus III. Alcmaeon had considerable impact on his successors in the Greek philosophical tradition. Such skepticism about human knowledge is characteristic of one strand of early Greek thought.

Later writers in the medical tradition, such as Galen DK A2treat him as a philosopher-scientist rather than as a physician, so that some scholars Mansfeld ; cf. Although Alcmaeon is the earliest figure to whom such a conception of health is attributed, it may well be that he is crotnoa presenting an original thesis but rather drawing on the earlier medical tradition in Croton.

The historian Herodotus tells us that, in the second half of the sixth century, the physicians of Croton were the best in the Greek world III. Perilli for a critique have concluded that he was not a doctor at all but rather a typical Presocratic physiologos writer on nature. Attempts to date him on the basis of internal evidence alone, i.

Alcmaeon of Croton

Milesian Thales Anaximander Anaximenes. Alcmaeon thought that the sensory organs were connected to the brain by channels poroi and may have discovered the poroi connecting the eyes to the brain i.

One alcmson have expected, however, that the moon would be flat like the sun West Based on this observation, and more rudimentary, Alcmaeon described the senses, except for the touch sense.

Other Internet Resources [Please contact the author with suggestions. In either case Alcmaeon probably wrote before Empedocles, Anaxagoras, and Philolaus. Taste occurs through the tongue, which being warm and soft dissolves things with its heat and, because of its loose texture, receives and transmits the sensation.

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Although a significant number of scholars argue that there is a purely aristocratic application for isonomia as the equality of aristocratic peers in opposition to a tyrant e.

The testimonia for each author are indicated by an A and a number. Such a metaphorical use of isonomia is unparalleled at this early date and is much more likely to have been introduced later in the doxographical tradition. Indeed, these terms are not found elsewhere in the Greek medical tradition. Teubner The only full-scale commentary devoted to Alcmaeon. Xenophanes Pherecydes Hippo Diogenes Alcmaeon.

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The idea that health depends on a balance of opposed factors in the body is a commonplace in Greek medical writers.

Aristotle wrote two books on the Pythagoreans but wrote a separate book on Alcmaeon.

Unfortunately he gives no general account of how Alcmaeon did think sensation worked DK, A5. Studies in Greek Philosophy and its continuation offered to Professor C.

The report goes on to say that Alcmaeon thought that disease arose because of an excess of heat or cold, which in turn arose because of an excess or deficiency in nutrition. Hankinson [, 32] provides two possible answers and discusses the difficulties with them. Oxford University Press, — Alcmaeon thought that the soul moved itself in continual motion and was therefore immortal and like to the divine.

He thus sets the initial agenda for Greek physiology Longrigg54—7; Lloydff.