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THALES of MILETUS (c. 620-540 BCE)
Transcript of THALES of MILETUS (c. 620-540 BCE)
He was born in Miletus, Greek Ionia- on the western coast of Asia Minor in today's Turkey.
According to the chronicle by Apollodorus of Athens, Thales of Miletus died in the 58th Olympiad aged 78.
His parents are Examyes and Cleobuline (?)
He did not like the idea of having to worry about children- he did not marry.
"Western philosophy begins with Thales"- Bertrand Russell
First philosopher and father of Western philosophy
"What is the basic stuff in universe?"
-Everything comes out of water
He was the first to explain things based on a logical cause and effect relation
Thales as Astronomer
Became famous for predicting the solar eclipse
Is said to wrote “On the Solstice” and “On the Equinox”- not survived until today
He was the first to divide the year into 365 days.
In addition to philosophy and astronomy, he was the first to work on mathematics.
Influence on Others
His thoughts were more in the way of logos than mythos
Anaximander was the pupil of Thales
"Nothing is more ancient than God, for He was never created; nothing more beautiful than the world, it is the work of that same God; nothing is more active than thought, for it flies over the whole universe; nothing is stronger than necessity, for all must submit to it."
"BIOGRAPHY." : Thales of Miletus. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2013. <http://www.topfamousbiography.com/biography/25229/thales_of_miletus_biography.html>
Digital image. Rugusavay. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2013. <http://www.wordsonimages.com/pics/57332-Thales+famous+quotes+3.jpg>.
"Thales of Miletus." Philosphers. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2013.
Location of Miletus