Empedocles Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Finkelberg, Aryeh. “Xenophanes' Physics, Parmenides' Doxa and Empedocles' Theory of Cosmogonical Mixture.” Hermes 125, no. 1 (1997): 1-16.

Argues that Empedocles gained his physical theory from Parmenides.

Ketterer, David. “Empedocles in Eureka: Addenda.” Poe Studies: Dark Romanticism: History, Theory, Interpretation 18, no. 2 (December 1985): 24-25.

Itemizes specific points in Edgar Allen Poe's Eureka which were likely influenced by Empedocles.

Kingsley, Peter. “Notes on Air: Four Questions of Meaning in Empedocles and Anaxagoras.” Classical Quarterly 45, no. 1 (1995): 26-29.

Discusses the corruption of Empedocles's fragment 78 and Theophrastus's involvement in the problem.

———. “Empedocles's Two Poems. Hermes 124, no. 1 (1996): 108-11.

Corrects a critical misconception about Empedocles having written two distinct poems.

———. “Empedocles Revisited.” Ancient Philosophy 15, no. 2 (fall 1995): 403-70.

Discusses the history of Empedoclean studies, focusing on different scholarly interpretations of movement and rest, time and place, and the life of the daimon.

O'Brien, Denis. “Hermann Diels on the Presocratics: Empedocles' Double Destruction of the Cosmos (Aetius ii 4.8).” Phronesis 45, no. 1 (2000): 67-85 and No. 2 (April 1971): 168-88.

Traces the progression of a serious error in interpretation of a passage by Empedocles concerning the destruction of the world.

Pepple, John. “A Lost Fragment of Empedocles.” The Journal of Value Inquiry 30, nos. 1-2 (June 1996): 169-86.

Questions prevailing scholarly assumptions concerning the relation between the Eleatics and the Neo-Ionians, with reference to a fragment by Empedocles.

Wright, M. R. Introduction to Empedocles: The Extant Fragments, by Empedocles, edited by M. R. Wright, pp. 1-90. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.

Includes studies of Empedocles's life and his Physics and Katharmoi, the allocation of their fragments, and a concordance.

Additional coverage of Empedocles's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 176.