Thales Vs Anaximenes

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The pre-socratics were ancient philosophers that lived in Greece during the sixth and fifth centuries, who contemplated reality among other new concepts. The documentation of their beliefs and works are known through writings of other later philosophers, mostly Aristotle. A particular group of these philosophers allowed for the evolution and contemplation about the first cause of reality. Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes made up what is known as the Milesian school of philosophy, where Thales was the teacher of Anaximander, who later went on to teach Anaximenes. The Milesians views were greatly different, but focused on finding the first cause of reality, with Thales being the originator of the idea. The differing central points between the ideas came from each philosopher's own interpretations of the world around them. This commonality of focusing solely on observations of the natural world is what distinguishes the pre-socratics from later philosophers. These three philosophers helped to open the discussion of the first cause and shape later thoughts on the causes of reality.
Thales was an ancient Milesian philosopher who had a great interest in astronomy, geometry, and engineering. His studies of astronomy sparked his interest in eclipses, which he was even reported to once predicting. Several stories were recorded about his
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All living things need water as nourishment to survive, so it is reasonable to understand why perhaps all other things found on Earth would need water also. Thales beliefs on the placement and formation of the Earth could also be a contributing aspect for his belief on the first cause. Thales believed that the “earth rests or floats on water,” because he observed nothing in nature floats or rests on air. Thales observations of the world around him heavily correlate to the conclusions he made about the universe and its first

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