The Presocratics

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The Presocratics   Pre-philosophical mythology in ancient Greece   The early Ionian epic poet Homer had given an account of the world as under the  influence of the Olympian gods.  The Olympian gods were much like humans, capricious and  willful.  In the Homeric view of the world, human qualities are projected onto the world via  human like gods.  Here explanation of the natural world is modeled on explanation of human  behavior   The Milesian's   Thales The beginning of philosophy in ancient Greece is often given as 585 BC, the year that  the first Milesian philosopher, Thales, predicted a solar eclipse.  Thales brings a new naturalistic  scientific approach to explaining the world.  There is no distinction between science and  philosophy at the beginning (or, arguably for that matter, throughout the ancient Greek tradition).  
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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