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Milesian school


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Anaximander (c. 610—547 bc) Greek scientist

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The first Presocratics were citizens of Miletus, a trading port where Oriental and Egyptian influences could mingle with Greek thought. The upshot was a bold, speculative cosmology, and conviction that rational explanation must start with the identification of the one primary substance, identified by Thales (as in the Babylonian myths) as water. Other Milesian philosophers are Anaximander and Anaximenes.

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