Thales remains one of the most distinguished of all figures in the history of mathematics he is considered the true father of greek math, science, and even philosophy considering the impact of greek innovations in these disciplines, thales may actually be considered the father of these disciplines for greece and for the world in general. Thales, often credited with being the first greek philosopher, believed that everything was made up of water when you compare the philosophical views of socrates. Philosophy exam 1 study during platos life, athens fought, and lost, a war with sparta based on what is known of thales thought, with which of the. Thales recognized the importance of water for sustaining life he saw that water could easily change from one state to the next, becoming vapor when heated, and ice when cooled he reasoned that water is the ultimate principle (arche) of existence.
Thales thought the world was understandable through the idea of water, an element essential to the life and thus to motion, versatile, common, and powerful enough to account for every physical phenomenon. Thales of miletus1 1 thales - life and accomplishments thales 2 • thales of miletus was the first known greek philosopher, scientist a history of. Thales of miletus we selected thales of miletus, a greek scholar who lived in approximately the sixth century bc, as our intellectual patron in recognition of his ground-breaking contributions in science, philosophy, teaching, entrepreneurialism, and pursuit of truth.
Thales: all is water, all is one (1st milesian ~ 585 bc) greek philosophy seems to begin with a preposterous fancy, with the proposition that water is the origin and mother-womb of all things. A biography of thales a short description of his life and contributions to the study of geometry he was the founder of the ionian school of philosophy in. Though the age of the presocratics officially ended with the arrival of socrates on the philosophical scene, in roughly 450 bc, the real end to their era of thought came with the arrival of aristotle in 384 bc socrates, unlike the presocratics, was more interested in questions about human life than in questions about the natural world, and while his student plato showed some interest in.
Am a philosophy student of deltastate university abraka,nigerianow i know that thales of miletus is the most significant philosopher,i thought it was socrate,thank you for helping me out,god bless,saugat. Philosophy's roots and branches will bouwman on how thales, given the power of life, thales believed the primordial water metamorphosed into earth, to air, to. In the works of the pre-socratics there is obviously the progression from mythopoetic thought to a primitive scientific thinking in the form of speculative inquiry and from that form of thought to philosophy ass rational inquiry.
Join us as we explore the philosophy of thales, who said the entire world was made of water this video is the first in a series covering western philosophy. The forthcoming socrates by williams should prove to be a short and lucid introduction to the life and thought of greek philosophy: thales to the atlas society. From thales to aristotle 5 star rating it's an amazing book, i would recommend it to anyone who is interested in philosophical aspect of our reality this book is so good it makes you wonder if life isn't just a dream within a dream.
History of western philosophy familiarity with the broad course of philosophical thought, to do so was thales (the father of western philosophy),. But plato did share empedocles' conception of philosophy as both a theoretical inquiry and a practical guide to life, as well as his view of the present life as merely one stage in the soul's long journey (b 111 and 115 and the myth of er in republic x. This makes it very difficult to create a picture of his life, work and philosophical thought socrates' student plato is traditionally considered the best source about the philosopher's life and work although many scholars emphasise that it is very difficult to distinguish between plato's and socrates' philosophical views and even more.
Thales concluded that the power of life must be invested in water the problem of motion but there was another question that thales found befuddling as a philosopher and a scientist, a problem that plagued all the ancient thinkers. Introduction to philosophy/origins of philosophy life thales lived in the city of miletus, in ionia, now western turkey classical thought, however, had. Thales of miletus (c 624 - 546 bc) was an early pre-socratic philosopher, mathematician and astronomer from the greek city of miletus in ionia (modern-day turkey) he was one of the so-called seven sages of greece, and many regard him as the first philosopher in the western tradition he was the.