The Nature of Water


Natale Gaspare De Santo
Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples, Italy
Carmela Bisaccia
Rosa Maria De Santo

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology, World Philosophy
BISAC: SCI026000

Water, the most represented substance in the human body, is a trace of the primordial sea where life originated. Its virtues may be represented by the Venus of Botticelli coming out from the sea, as well as by Velasquez’s water seller and by Aristophanes’ chant of the clouds. Water has been connected with medicine from time immemorial and is a common good. For Sumerians, the physician was the man who new water. Homer’s (850-750 BC) mythical tradition made Ocean and Thetys progenitors of all gods and of the world. Hesiod (ca. 700 BC) chanted Poseidon, the sea-lake god, who could cause tempests and seaquakes, generate springs, and also confer the power to walk on water like on earth. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Giuseppe Remuzzi (Past President of the international Society of Nephrology)

Chapter 1. The Ambivalent Character of Water

Chapter 2. What Water Is

Chapter 3. Water: A Curse and a Blessing

Chapter 4. Water in Sumerian, Babylonian and Egyptian Cosmology

Chapter 5. Water in Greek Thought

Chapter 6. Philosophers and Water Scientists of the First Millennium AD

Chapter 7. Water and the Philosophers and Scientists of the Second Millennium AD

Chapter 8. Water in Psychology

Chapter 9. Water in Music

Chapter 10. Water in Paintings and Sculptures

Chapter 11. Watery Symbols

Chapter 12. Rivers, Wells, Lighthouses and Water Instruments

Chapter 13. Proverbs and Sayings

Chapter 14. The End Of Water

Avvocato Gerardo Marotta (President Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies)


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