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Some Thoughts on Υδωρ of Thales and Απειρον of Anaximander

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This chapter outlines the basic cosmological theories of each of these thinkers and the routine problems one encounters in such an exercise. For the cosmology of Thales, two passages in Aristotle form our only sources. They inform us that in Thales' vision: (1) water is the principle of all things and (2) the earth floats on water. The fact that Anaximander's successors seem to have returned to the material realm in which to locate the principle of all things has led some modern commentators to conclude that these thinkers were explicitly rejecting his views and that Anaximander was either too forward thinking for his time or even simply confused.

Keywords: Anaximander; Aristotle; Thales



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