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Physis: in ancient Greek, physis is an expression for nature or natural quality, or for objects that are not created by humans.

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Ancient Philosophy on Physis - Dictionary of Arguments

Taureck I 29
Physis/Antiquity/Taureck: physis is often translated with "nature". "Phyestai": grow. But it was not understood in the sense of "nascent nature" in early Greek thinkers.
In this meaning it was only understood in Plato and Aristotle.
Before the Sophists: Heraclitus: "The physics loves to conceal itself".
I 30
This corresponds more to the notion of "true quality". In Heraclitus there is also no opposition between Logos and Physis.
For the contrast to the "actual quality" can only be "appearance".
Physis/Sophists: physis in the sophists has an entirely different meaning: Physis is here the opposite of Nomos: Law of Nature.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Ancient Philosophy
Taureck I
B. H.F. Taureck
Die Sophisten Hamburg 1995

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