Anaximenes - Anaximenes of Miletus (fl. 585 BCE, d. 528...

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Anaximenes Άναξιμένης of Miletus (fl. 585 BCE, d. 528 BCE) 1. The underlying nature of things is single and infinite, but not boundless. 2. It is specific: namely, air. 3. By rarefaction and condensation it manifests itself in things. 4. Dilated it becomes fire, condensed it becomes wind, then cloud, water, earth, stones. 5. Everything else comes from these things. 6. Motion is eternal and is the cause of change. 7. “Anaximenes was the first recorded thinker who provided a theory of change and supported it with observation. Anaximander had described a sequence of changes that a portion of the boundless underwent to form the different stuffs of the world, but he gave no scientific reason for changes, nor did he describe any mechanism by which they might come about. By contrast, Anaximenes uses a process familiar from everyday experience to account for material change.” Daniel W. Graham http://www.iep.utm.edu/anaximen/ 8. Air is the first principle [arche] of things. 9. It is the source of everything, and everything is dissolved in it. 10. Soul, which is air, holds us together. 11. The universe is surrounded by wind and air.
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