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ⓘ Anaxagoras was a Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. Anaxagoras was an Ionian Greek. He was born in Asia Minor, in Clazomenae. This was a town in what is now Turkey ..




Anaxagoras
                                     

ⓘ Anaxagoras

Anaxagoras was a Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. Anaxagoras was an Ionian Greek. He was born in Asia Minor, in Clazomenae. This was a town in what is now Turkey.

Anaxagoras was the first known atheist. He also introduced the concept of νούσ nous, or mind, the ordering force behind the Universe. But he did not take this idea any further.

He held that the Sun was not a god, but just material. It was a "red-hot mass many times larger than the Peloponnese". The Moon was a solid body with geographical features, and made of the same substance as the Earth.

Anaxagoras was eventually arrested and prosecuted for freethought. He was banished from Athens for impiety in 450 BC. However, his works were available in Socrates day for a drachma.

                                     
  • them. Humanist ideas were discussed in Ancient Greece, from Thales to Anaxagoras and Protagoras. The teachings of Zarathushtra and Lao Tzu had strong elements
  • of Samos C.470 BC unknown Pluralist School Empedocles 490 430 BC Anaxagoras 500 428 BC Atomist School Leucippus 5th century BC, dates unknown
  • practice, most people simply identify as a theist, atheist, or agnostic. Anaxagoras was the first known atheist. He was an Ionian Greek, born in Clazomenae
  • a polygon with 16, 384 sides to find the value of pi. The Greeks, like Anaxagoras of Clazomenae, were also busy with finding out other properties of the
  • times. The charge had been used successfully against another philosopher, Anaxagoras p17 The second charge was that he corrupted the youth with his teachings