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Anaximenes (ca 585 - ca 528 BC), Greek (jan 1, 585 BC – jan 1, 528 BC)

Description:

From Miletus in Ionia

Key ideas:
- Material monism (substance materialism).
- Everything is, or comes from, air; air is the arche. It is the original stuff, the fundamental cause or first principle that explains everything else in the cosmos. If Anaximenes really was a material monist, then he thought that air persists through change.
- Like Thales, Anaximenes seems to have thought that air is God (which would seem to make air divine and divinity material).

Key works:
- None of his writings remains.

Misc.:
- Student of Anaximander

Links:
- https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/presocratics/
- https://www.iep.utm.edu/presocra/

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Date:

jan 1, 585 BC
jan 1, 528 BC
~ 57 years

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