Democritus

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  • Parmenides: The Signs Of Truth

    “what-is-not”. Atomists believe in a void, which is inherently “what-is-not”. The void is considered anywhere where there are no atoms. The purpose of the void is to serve as a medium for movement, for the opposing forces of the atoms and the void cause motion. As atoms move, they separate, which too goes against Parmenides who states, “...which would keep it from holding together, or at all less, but it is all full of what-is. Therefore it is all holding together…” (Fragment 8, Lines 21-23). Furthermore, Parmenides stresses that “what-is” is limited, and yet Atomist argue that atoms are infinite, since they are the substance of all things. (c) The Atomist are attributed with very intricate arguments. According to Aristotle 's account who states Democritus must have had thought of the conundrum of dividing an object. In sum and summation, Aristotle proposes that if something were to be divide everywhere it would result in something of no magnitude or no body, which is illogical. Thus, it is necessary for there to be what is indivisible, which are atoms. The conclusion of the Atomist yields to be true by modern science. However, just because their conclusion is true, it does not mean that their arguments are not flawed. The Atomists propose that the void moves atoms strictly by necessity, which is not a valid premise. There is no evidence that it is necessary for the atoms to move, so atoms cannot move by necessity. In the same sense, Parmenides’ argument is also inherently…

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  • The Alchemist: Democritus

    The famous alchemist, Democritus, had several views on life and how it worked and was made. “Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.” (“Democritus Quotes”). Nothing in this world is planned out and if anything is necessary to happen it will happen. According to John J. Mark, Democritus made it seem like life happens on its own and takes all the human’s decisions for their own life, yet he actually believed humans could make their own decisions within the range…

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  • Democritus: A Very Brief History Of The Atomic Theory

    This essay going to be about an atom. Atom is always around us all the time and ever object are made out of an atom. We, humans, are also made of the atom. Knowing about the structure and what it really is a very important thing to learn as a student. In order to learn about an atom, we will have to understand about Democritus first. So who is Democritus? Democritus is the first human to ever come up with the first atomic theory. Democritus was born in Greece around 460BC. He has a life spend…

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  • Essay On Atomic Theory

    philosopher, Democritus, being one of the first to come up with a theory about atoms. Democritus’ theory gave the basics of an atom; but his theory was rejected by many during his time as fellow philosophers, Aristotle and Plato, rejected his theory ("The History of the Atom"). After hundreds of years, the theory came back and was formed into what we now know as the modern atomic…

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  • Analysis Of Aristotle's Metaphysics

    Although what the Atomist epistemology entailed, or whether they had an epistemology at all , has been a matter of controversy in modern scholarship, Aristotle’s Metaphysics seems to give only one unambiguous account of especially Democritus’ thoughts on sensation and knowledge. In this paper, I will argue that Aristotle approaches Democritus’ doctrine on sensation in an unambiguous manner, which results in a misrepresentation that is preferable for his argumentation in the Metaphysics. To do…

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  • Niels Bohr And The Theory Of The Atom

    History of the Theory of Atoms Before the age of modern technology, theories of the atom were still created. Most notably was Democritus who was thought of as being the start of modern science when he first came up with the idea of the atom. It was not until J.J. Thomson changed the way atoms were understood with the discovery of the electron. It was not soon after when Ernst Rutherford disproved Thomson’s model with his gold foil experiment. Finally, Niels Bohr built off Rutherford’s gold foil…

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  • The Coffee Armuthaz Analysis

    One of the key players in The Coffee-Mans Grenado Discharged Upon the Maidens Complaint Against Coffee is a writer called Democritus. During the 1600s there was an author named John Crouch who used the pseudonym Mercurius Democritus to write under and just a short time prior to the publishing of The Coffee-Mans Grenado wrote a piece titled The Maidens Complaint. (Ellis, 2006) Considering this and the fact the dialogue's Democritus also had just published a book under the same name they this…

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  • Atomic Particles In Research

    An atom is known as the basic unit of a chemical element; however, atoms are no longer considered the smallest particle in existence. From approximately 460 BC to present day 2015, human knowledge about atomic particles has drastically changed. Over the years, research has led to new discoveries involving atoms, subatomic particles, and quarks. Several philosophers including Leucippus, Democritus, Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Gell-Mann have contributed to humanity 's vast knowledge about…

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  • The Importance Of Lego Blocks In Sophie's World

    One of my favorite philosophers in Sophie's World was Democritus. Democritus discovered atoms, tiny invisible blocks he thought that everything was made of; eternal and immutable. Democritus was also a materialist, someone who believes that nothing exists but physical matter. The philosopher, Alberto Knox, has asked Sophie “Why is Lego the most ingenious toy in the world?” The next day, he sends her a green packet talking about Democritus. Lego blocks are a great deal like atoms. Democritus…

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  • Hippocrates Research Paper

    Democritus was born in Abdera, Thrace, in the 5th century BC. He travelled to the East while being the student of famous philosophers. His philosophical ideas and the establishment of particles, "the atoms", gave him a leading position in world history. However, his medical knowledge was vast especially in the field of pediatric pharmacology. Numerous are also the reports of his passion for anatomy. Democritus' views regarding the issue of Human Nature and Anatomy are depicted in a letter he…

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