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Headword: Θεωρία
Adler number: theta,216
Translated headword: theory, contemplation
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Contemplation is the fulfillment of a priesthood which does not belie its name; but contemplation and action do not consent to occur together. For an impulse [is] an impulse of actions;[1] but no [action is] impassive.[2]
Greek Original:
Θεωρία τέλος ἐστὶν ἱερωσύνης μὴ ψευδομένης τὸ ὄνομα: θεωρία δὲ καὶ πρᾶξις οὐκ ἀξιοῦσι συγγίνεσθαι. ὁρμὴ μὲν γὰρ ὁρμὴ πράξεων: οὐδεμία δὲ ἀπαθής.
Notes:
From Synesius, Epistles 57, p.199a Hercher.
[1] The Suda does repeat ὁρμή "impulse", but Synesius says ἀρχή "cause".
[2] Contemplation, on the other hand, is impassive (apathes). On theory and praxis (action) see in general theta 214 and theta 215.
Keywords: daily life; definition; philosophy; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 9 January 2004@19:52:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, augmented notes, set status) on 10 January 2004@00:17:41.
Catharine Roth (corrected my typos) on 10 January 2004@00:18:30.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 January 2004@05:09:20.
David Whitehead on 1 January 2013@06:30:00.
David Whitehead (another note) on 2 April 2014@05:17:15.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 5 November 2018@01:09:50.
Catharine Roth (retweaked) on 5 November 2018@18:03:17.

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