So read the Bdaily’s entry about last week’s Philosophy Society meeting on Anaxagoras and Empedocles. But it is not just their names that are tricky. The difficulty with both of these pre-socratic thinkers is that we only have fragments, quite literally, of what they wrote. In the case of Empedocles, we have quite a lot, but Empedocles’ style is poetic and sometimes obscure. In the case of Anaxagoras, we have very little of what he wrote, and have to piece it together bit by bit. How nice, then, to have discussions amongst students and staff about whether one could have something infinitely small, whether Anaxagoras was a dualist, whether Empedocles believed in evolution by natural selection, and whether there was ever nothing in existence. It just goes to show that high challenge is rewarding for students, even when learning about *unpronounceable* and *unpronounceable*.
By Clare Jarmy, Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy
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