Frederik Bakker

Frederik Bakker
Radboud University | RU · Center for the History of Philosophy and Science

PhD

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Education
April 2001 - November 2010
Utrecht University
Field of study
  • Ancient Philosophy
September 1997 - December 2000
University of Amsterdam
Field of study
  • Classics
September 1989 - August 2005
Delft University of Technology
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering

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Publications (11)
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Cette introduction présente et contextualise les articles publiés dans la section spéciale dont le but est d’analyser l’interprétation de la pensée hellénistique chez les philosophes continentaux très influents tels que : Agamben, Arendt, Blumenberg, Foucault, Heidegger et Stiegler. Les articles prêtent une attention particulière à trois directions...
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Both in antiquity and today Virgil is sometimes accused of ignorance in astronomy. This paper argues that, on the contrary, Virgil’s treatment of astronomical topics in Georgics 1.231-258 shows that he was quite familiar with the subject, and was able (when he wished to) to combine information from different sources (Aratus, Eratosthenes and other,...
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In contrast to other ancient philosophers, Epicurus and his followers famously maintained the infinity of matter, and consequently of worlds. This was inferred from the infinity of space, because they believed that a limited amount of matter would inevitably be scattered through infinite space, and hence be unable to meet and form stable compounds....
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In this introduction, we explain our choice to approach the topic of space from a cosmological perspective, that is, by studying the conceptions of space that were implicitly or explicitly entailed by ancient, medieval and early modern representations of the cosmos, and the role that imagination played in those conceptions. We compare our approach...
Book
This volume provides a much needed, historically accurate narrative of the development of theories of space up to the beginning of the eighteenth century. It studies conceptions of space that were implicitly or explicitly entailed by ancient, medieval and early modern representations of the cosmos. The authors reassess Alexandre Koyré’s groundbreak...
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In Epicurean Meteorology Frederik Bakker discusses the meteorology (including astronomy) as laid out by Epicurus (341-270 BCE) and Lucretius (1st century BCE). Although in scope and organization their ideas are clearly rooted in the Peripatetic tradition, their meteorology sets itself apart from this tradition by its systematic use of multiple expl...
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The medieval Latin poem ‘Waltharius’ is a Germanic saga transformed into a traditional Latin epic. This transformation has been effected, not just by the use of Latin hexameters, but also by the appropriation of complete lines and half-lines from ancient Latin epics, first and foremost Virgil’s Aeneid. In contrast, the opening of the Waltharius is...
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Although chapter 2.29 of Aetius' Placita claims to be dealing with lunar eclipses, several of its lemmas are actually concerned with the moon's 'monthly concealment', i.e. new moon. This paper will show that, save for one obvious transposition, all lemmas in the first part of the chapter are in fact concerned with the new moon, while only those at...
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This dissertation consists of three studies dealing with various aspects of Epicurean cosmology. The first study discusses the Epicurean practice of explaining astronomical and meteorological phenomena by multiple alternative theories. The second study compares the meteorological accounts of Epicurus and Lucretius with other ancient meteorologies a...

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