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“In fact long before Fleming’s eureka moment of 1928 regarding the curative powers of bacteria, an ambiguity had been signaled in the word pharmakon in Greek, which translates as both poison and cure.”
“The ambiguity of the word pharmakon reveals two things, the first being the paradoxical nature of punishment as viewed from the Athenian perspective.”
“It is related to the word pharmakon which means both medicine and poison and from which we get "pharmacy" and "pharmaceutical.”
“The word "pharmakon" meant both the disease and its cure to the ancient Greeks.”
“Elsewhere in the Book of Life, Ficino associates purple with a safer, diluted form of Saturn's humor that, like the influence of Mars, may be used as a homeopathic pharmakon. 13 To assist in contemplation and judgment, Ficino recommends that these colors be worn as clothing and applied in architectural ornament.”
“Mesmer's crisis is in effect a pharmakon, the unleashing of a certain violence and disorder in the psyche — hence the revolutionary pathogens with which his work was associated.”
“Pharmaceutical' comes from the Greek word, 'pharmakon' which means 'remedy and poison' and therein lays the rub.”
“In any case, Plato avoids using a specific term: in the Phaedo, he always calls Socrates 'poison simply to pharmakon, the "drug', the "poison" or the "medicine '.”
“Reminds me of one of the most famous auto-antonyms, the Greek pharmakon, made famous by Derrida which means both remedy and poison.”
“But pharmakon, like altus, isn't really an auto-antonym; most remedies are poisons if given in the wrong fashion, and deep/high, as pf says, is just a matter of perspective.”
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Curses and spiritual warfare.
from Ivan Illich's In the Vineyard of the Text - a commentary on the transition from a oral tradition to a text tradition of reading in the 12th century, and varied other discourses of Illich on a...
words o' Jacques Derrida
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