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Grist for the mill: bread-making as a source of analogy

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The stereotype of the supremely rational ancient greek, though still vigorous ... others have explored the place of the craft analogy in the making of the ... 3 pages
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Grist for the Mill: Bread-making as a Source of AnalogyThe stereotype of the supremely rational ancient Greek, though still vigorous in thepopular imagination, has rightly receded in scholarship. In the 1960s E.R. Dodds and G.E.R.Lloyd began to dismantle this view by exposing non-rational aspects of ancient Greek thought,particularly reliance upon the “microscope of the mind” (a phrase perhaps attributable to thephilosopher William James) in Greek scientific thinking. More recently, Sedley (2007) andothers have explored the place of the craft analogy in the making of the thought of Plato andAristotle. This kind of analogical thinking, with its strong affinities to the epic simile, is anexample of how the Greeks’ understanding of the natural world is shaped by common culturalprocesses, which include bread-making.The process of bread-making was a familiar one in the ancient Mediterranean world(Jasney 1950; Wilkins et al. 1995), and as such, it was readily conceptualized and employed as a...