Epimetheus


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Ep·i·me·the·us

 (ĕp′ə-mē′thē-əs, -thyo͞os)
n. Greek Mythology
A Titan, husband of Pandora, who together with his brother Prometheus took part in the creation of the human race.

[Latin Epimētheus, from Greek, from epimētheus, afterthought (from the myth that after giving each animal a special quality, he had none left for humans), modeled on Promētheus, Prometheus (taken by the Greeks as from promētheus, forethought).]
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Noun1.Epimetheus - (Greek mythology) brother of Prometheus; despite Prometheus's warning against gifts from Zeus he accepted Pandora as his wife
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Titan - (Greek mythology) any of the primordial giant gods who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus; the Titans were offspring of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth)
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The part of Epimetheus mought well become Prometheus, in the case of discontentments: for there is not a better provision against them.
83-89) But when he had finished the sheer, hopeless snare, the Father sent glorious Argus-Slayer, the swift messenger of the gods, to take it to Epimetheus as a gift.
(36.) Stiegler, Technics and Time, l, The Fault of Epimetheus, Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 1998, p185 ff.
The only moons that seem to be capable of a near-perfect fit are Saturn's Epimetheus, Prometheus, and Pandora.
The Fault of Epimetheus, Richard Beardsworth and George Collins (trans.), Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1998, p17.
moons Pan 20 km Atlas 36 x 28 km Prometheus 148 x 68 km Pandora 110 x 62 km Epimetheus 138 x 106 km Janus 198 x 152 km Mimas 398 km Enceladus 498 km Tethys 1,058 km Telesto 30 x 16 km Calypso 30 x 16 km Dione 1,120 km Helene 32 km Rhea 1,528 km Titan 5,150 km Hyperion 370 x 226 km Iapetus 1,440 km Phoebe 230 x 210 km
In part Stiegler explains this allegorically through the myth of Prometheus and Epimetheus. The version of the myth recounted in the Protagoras is as follows.
(Saturn's small moons Janus and Epimetheus have precisely this kind of orbital cohabitation.) To induce the observed shift in the motion of Prometheus, a hypothetical companion would need 1/30 its mass, making it roughly the size of Atlas.
As Stiegler explores it in Technics and Time 1, Epimetheus' default operates in both registers.
In 1980 Janus was recovered and found to share a complicated orbital dance with the smaller satellite Epimetheus. Every four years these two "co-orbital" satellites closely approach one another and exchange orbits.
The same idea of man being born without an essence that defines him, Stiegler finds in the myth of Prometheus and Epimetheus. But in contrast to Heidegger's Dasein, this myth stresses the importance of technology in filling up this lack of essence or origin.
The Fault of Epimetheus, makes virtually no mentioning of rhythm.1 Yet in Technics and Time, 2.