Early Greek Philosophy by John Burnet, with Burnet's notes
27. Air 29. The Parts of the World

From Chapter I., The Milesian School

28. The World Breathes
This argument brings us to an important point in the theory, which is attested by the single fragment that has come down to us.115 "Just as our soul, being air, holds us together, so do breath and air encompass the whole world." The primary substance bears the same relation to the life of the world as to that of man. Now this was the Pythagorean view;116 and it is also an early instance of the argument from the microcosm to the macrocosm, and so marks the beginning of an interest in physiological matters.

Burnet's Notes


115. Aet. i. 3, 4 (R. P. 24).

116. See Chap. II. § 53.

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