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Single Idea 1495

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / d. The unlimited]

Full Idea

Anaximander said that the first principle and element of existing things was the boundless; it was he who originally introduced this name for the first principle.

Gist of Idea

Anaximander introduced the idea that the first principle and element of things was the Boundless


report of Anaximander (fragments/reports [c.570 BCE], A09) by Simplicius - On Aristotle's 'Physics' 9.24.14-

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.14

A Reaction

Simplicius is quoting Theophrastus