Alcmaeon

[Revised entry by Carl Huffman on March 9, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Alcmaeon of Croton was an early Greek medical writer and philosopher-scientist. His exact date, his
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[Revised entry by Carl Huffman on March 9, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Alcmaeon of Croton was an early Greek medical writer and philosopher-scientist. His exact date, his relationship to other early Greek philosopher-scientists, and whether he was primarily a medical writer/physician or a typical Presocratic cosmologist, are all matters of controversy. He is likely to have written his book sometime between 500 and 450 BCE. The surviving fragments and testimonia focus primarily on issues of physiology, psychology, and epistemology and reveal Alcmaeon to be a thinker of considerable originality. He was...

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