Pre-Socratic Philosopher

Topics: Philosophy, Mind, Pre-Socratic philosophy Pages: 4 (495 words) Published: April 24, 2014


Individual Short Essay:
Pre-Socratic Philosopher
James Dean Johnson
PHI/105
March 16, 2014
Michael Giacchino
Pre-Socratic Philosophers

PHI/105

March 16th, 2014

James Dean Johnson

The primary motivation of philosophers in the Pre-Socratic era was to bring knowledge

and a since of reason to the world, despite the repercussions it brought to their personal

lives such as how they were viewed by the religious orders and governing bodies of the

communities in which they lived. As I read about the different philosophers from the Pre-

Socratic era I found myself strangely drawn to Anaxagoras because I found him too be the

most compelling and most interesting of all of the Pre-Socratic philosophers that we read

about.

He was a teacher of metaphysics who lived during the era of (c. 500 – c. 428 B.C.E.),

(Moore & Bruder, 2008, p. 29). I found his distinctions and views between matter and

mind to be very interesting to say the least. Many of his ideas about change and particles

still hold true to this day. Anaxagoras believed that every different type of mass consists of

a make-up of its own particles and particles from all others (Moore & Bruder, 2008, p.

29). Even though the particles that he spoke of could not be considered “atoms”, his ideas

are still closely related to modern-day science. Considering the era in which he lived in, the

concepts that he communicated were definitely far advanced considering the time in which

he lived in even to other philosophers. Although both Aristotle and Plato highly

disapproved of Anaxagoras perceptions of the differences between mind and matter,

Anaxagoras may have separated himself from the most brilliant philosophers of his time

with his belief in the pure and infinite power of mind (Moore & Bruder, 2008, p. 30).

As I read of Anaxagoras’ theories, I found myself amazed and stunned with the fact...

References: Moore, B. N., & Bruder, K. (2008). The Power of Ideas (7th Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
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