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Rauch 1 Kimberly Rauch Philosophy 20A Dr. Mike Hannen 26 October 2007 Arche Many ancient philosophers had the idea that only one thing existed and that everything else spawned from that idea. The first of these philosophers to bring about the idea of only one overall thing was the Milesians. The Milesians were the first western philosophers and had many prominent thinkers to build ideas off of. Ideas that Plato and Aristotle themselves used to create their own thoughts and ideas. The Milesians truly started the thought processes of western philosophy. Thales was the first of these western philosophers. He was a philosopher, a scientist, a political advisor and an astronomer. He was well versed in many aspects and was the first to coin the term arche, which is the first principle. He thought that everything was made of water and that everything spawned from water. His belief that everything came from water is part of the argument that the “nature of the substance-stuff of which everything is made and the idea of the fundamental composition of the world” (Kolak and Thompson 8) and these two arguments started great debates for western philosophers. He used water as the fundamental element of which everything is made up
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course PHIL 20a taught by Professor Hannen during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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