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The Cosmic Fire

Philosophy of Nature

In the course of its transformation the cosmic fire creates the universe, destroys it, and re-creates it again in an eternal cycle. This is course of nature, and the Stoic definition of nature substantiates that fact. In Zeno`s words physis or nature is a “craftmanlike fire, proceeding methodically to genisis. This pithy definition of nature, so unlike any definition of nature up to its time, conceals a host of clues to its origins, and in fact, in its six words reveals as much about the Stoic approach to physics as any more elaborate cosmological doctrine we have been examining. Thus it may serve to exemplify in microcosm the origin of Stoic cosmology. (David Hahm, Ohio State University, 1977: The origin of Stoic Cosmology p. 200)