Sympatheia

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” They conceived of the whole cosmos as an organisim unified by all-pervasive pneuma in a state of tension, and they put the principle of symatheia to various uses on the cosmic scale. They used it, for example, to explain the connection between the moon and the tides, the change of the seasons, and the efficacy of so called occult phenomena, suuch as divination. Sympatheia as a cossmic principle thus exemplifies the tendancy of the ancient Greek thinkers to explain events in the physical world and in the cosmos as a whole on the model of an organism.”

reference

E. K. Emilsson, Plotinus On Sense Perception: A Philosophical Study

 

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