Concepts of the Milesian Anaximander

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Concepts of the Milesian Anaximander By Jermane Hunt The ideals of the Milesian Anaximander and other natural philosophers are those which shall be explored here in this paper. We shall look at the fragments themselves to determine what Anaximander’s intentions were. The observations of McKirahan will be examined as well but only in reference. In his placement of early philosophers work, McKirahan lists the fragments in order, from how the KOSMOS came to be and concludes with how all things end. Between the beginning and end of this ordeal are a number of different occurrences that involve both opposites and balance but also of that which produces something different from itself. For Anaximander the APEIRON and the ARCHE are one and the same, it represents a “divine” thing, something that has come to “fashion all other causes aside from the infinite” ( Anaximander of Miletus , 33-35). This is the best description of what the ARCHE is in my opinion, because it leads to the imagination. Kept in mind that the language of the times may have a different interpretation, we are enticed to picture what all is not infinite. In this fashion, we can then come to an understanding of how the ARCHE is portrayed. All that can be received by the five senses (taste, touch, smell, sound and sight) are opposite of the description of the ARCHE. “For it (the ARCHE) is deathless and indestructible, as Anaximander says and most of the natural philosophers. What arose from the eternal and is productive, capable of giving birth to hot and cold, was separated off at the coming of the KOSMOS” ( Anaximander of Miletus , 35- 36). When the dark mist broke off the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars came to be ( Anaximander of Miletus , 36). The sun dries the water covered earth and the evaporated water caused the winds and the turning of the sun, the moon and the sea. The sun is said to one day completely dry the earth of its waters ( Anaximander of Miletus , 38).
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The “Cosmology: The Articulation of the World” excerpt is a vision of the KOSMOS that are composed of fire and dark mist ( Anaximander of Miletus , 38). The stars appear the way they are because of the vents that are in the dark mist for the fire to show through. In my opinion, Anaximander is an example of an early scientist not only because of how approximate his calculations were, such as the sizes of the earth, sun, moon and stars, but also because of his discovery of the gnomon, which allowed a way to monitor time ( Anaximander of Miletus, 33 and 38). He believed the earth to be at rest in the center of the KOSMOS. Anaximander’s
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