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Arche (Greek Philosophy)

Arche (/ˈɑːrki/; Ancient Greek: ἀρχή) is a Greek word with primary senses “beginning”, “origin” or “source of action” (εξ’ ἀρχής: from the beginning, οr εξ’ ἀρχής λόγος: the original argument), and later “first principle” or “element”, first so used by Anaximander (Simplicius in Ph. 150.23). By extension, it may mean “first place, power”, “method of government”, “empire, realm”, “authorities” (in plural: ἀρχαί), “command”.[1] The first principle or element corresponds to the “ultimate underlying substance” and “ultimate undemonstrable principle”.[2] In the philosophical language of the archaic period (8th to 6th century BC), arche (or archai) designates the source, origin or root of things that exist.

Source: Arche – Wikipedia


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1 Comment

  1. Tim B.

    “In the Orphic cosmogony, the unaging Chronos produced Aether and Chaos and made in divine Aether a silvery egg, from which everything else appeared.[7]”

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