Anaxagoras

[Revised entry by Patricia Curd on October 1, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Anaxagoras of Clazomenae (a major Greek city of Ionian Asia Minor), a Greek philosopher of the 5th century
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[Revised entry by Patricia Curd on October 1, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Anaxagoras of Clazomenae (a major Greek city of Ionian Asia Minor), a Greek philosopher of the 5th century B.C.E. (born ca. 500 - 480), was the first of the Presocratic philosophers to live in Athens. He propounded a physical theory of "everything-in-everything," and claimed that nous (intellect or mind) was the motive cause of the cosmos. He was the first to give a correct explanation of eclipses,...

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