Monday, February 17, 2014

The significance of the Milesian philosophers

George Stuart Fullerton on Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes:
[O]ne who reads for the first time the first time the few vague statements which seem to constitute the sum of their contributions to human knowledge is impelled to wonder that so much has been made of the men.

This wonder disappears, however, when one realizes that the appearance of these thinkers was really a momentous thing. For these men turned away from the poetical and mythological way of accounting for things, which had obtained up to their time, and set their faces toward Science.
—George Stuart Fullerton, An Introduction to Philosophy (New York: MacMillan: 1915, p.2).

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