Ideas of Thales, by Theme

[Greek, c.625 - 545 BCE, Born and died in Miletus. At the court of King Croesus, at Miletus.]

green numbers give full details    |    back to list of philosophers    |     expand these ideas
1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 2. Ancient Thought
Thales was the first western thinker to believe the arché was intelligible [Roochnik]
10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 5. Modality from Actuality
Nothing is stronger than necessity, which rules everything [Diog. Laertius]
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / e. Ultimate substances
Thales said water is the first principle, perhaps from observing that food is moist [Aristotle]
27. Natural Reality / A. Classical Physics / 1. Mechanics / a. Explaining movement
Thales must have thought soul causes movement, since he thought magnets have soul [Aristotle]
29. Religion / A. Polytheistic Religion / 2. Paganism
Thales said the gods know our wrong thoughts as well as our evil actions [Diog. Laertius]