Milesian Materialism's Legacy Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Milesian Materialism's Legacy
An exploration of some of the earliest western materialist theories.
# 141282 | 1,250 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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The paper starts with Thales, the originator, and goes on to show the evolution of the theory into Parmenides, and then shows a look at materialism in the distant future. The writer presents a historical approach in order to show the significance of this school on philosophy.

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"Materialism, as a western philosophical movement is one that has survived from hundreds of years before the common era to appear in the works of figures like Thomas Hobbes and Karl Marx. This paper will explore two figures representing some of the very earliest western materialist theories - the philosophers Thales and Parmenides, and also take a brief look at a very modern form of materialism in Cartesian Materialism. In doing so, some of the ways materialism has been adopted will be considered, and some of the major developments in early materialism will be discussed. To begin, the philosopher Thales who lived roughly sixth century BCE is..."

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