Thales Essay by kisagod

An introduction to the first known philosopher, Thales.
# 16696 | 1,054 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (History)

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The paper introduces Thales, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of Miletus, reputed founder of the Milesian school of philosophy and the first recorded Western philosopher. It discusses how Thales taught that everything in nature is composed of one basic matter; his philosophy was that water was the fundamental building block of all things and that the Earth floats on water. The paper examines how, prior to Thales, mythology had been used to explain the nature of the physical world; the significance of Thales thus lies not in his answer but in his approach. Although it appears that he apparently wrote nothing, he is accredited with the foundation of Greek philosophy and is considered one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece.

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"Thales attributed, as one of the fathers of modern western philosophy, but from all reports was a man who gave up much for his love of thought. Thales would be so deep in thought and stargazing that he would fail to remain conscious of his surroundings and financial position. There are reports of him tumbling into wells while trying to obtain a better understanding of the stars. Thales once utilized his ability to foresee the environmental changes around him to gain high dividends from olive oil press rentals merely to prove that he could be a wealthy man if he so desired."

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