Single Idea 1597

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 2. Ancient Thought]

Full Idea

Thales was the first thinker in the west to believe that the arché (the basis of things) was intelligible.


The 'arché' is the source or basis of everything

Gist of Idea

Thales was the first western thinker to believe the arché was intelligible


comment on Thales (fragments/reports [c.585 BCE]) by David Roochnik - The Tragedy of Reason p.138

Book Reference

Roochnik,David: 'The Tragedy of Reason: the Platonic logos' [Routledge 1990], p.138