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-The historical beginnings of the subject of Philosophy can trace back to the Greek mathematician Thales born in 624BC in the city of Miletus. Considered to be maybe the first great Greek mathematician in his time, Thales went against what most people would considered to be normal thinking for his time he predicted many things like weather occurrences and most famously he predicted a solar eclipses. While he could have profited of his discoveryâ€™s like charging to predict the seasons that would be good for growing weather he only wanted to prove it could be done. He also discovered that he could determine the height of a pyramid by measuring shadows. By using a stick, he stuck it in the ground where the shadow made by the pyramid stopped. Then he say the shadow made by the stick was a similar triangle to the shadow that was made from the pyramid they had the same angels so that made them proportionate. Knowing this he estimated the distance from center of the pyramid to the end of the shadow because whatever percentage the height of the stick would be of its shadow would be that same percent for the pyramid. Today Thalesâ€™ approach to making sense of the world would be handled by a few academic fields of study now a days. I would compare his studies of how the universe came to be and what is matter that everything is made of to modern astrophysics. I could pitcher Thales trying to crack the mystery of dark matter in space.
-Hello class, for week one we dive into the beginning of understanding philosophy. Starting with the subject matter of philosophy, moving to the general principles, and also the general understanding of philosophy. Philosophers have been asking questions since the beginning of time “an intellectual pursuit that seeks to make sense of the world and our place in it.” The importance to understanding philosophy is how to think, using the knowledge you have to learn and better understand how the world works. Philosophical questions can be compared to Scientific questions. While scientific questions are observed, tested, and experimented, philosophical questions are observed and answered with reasoning. There are many methods to philosophize, the means to obtaining the understanding of the world.
Thales had many ideas, today its likely he would be a scientist. Many of his ideas did not align to the same matter of study. He could be put into many categories such as, selenography, biology, hydrology, chemistry, and meteorology.
Thales was a Greek philosopher from the sixth century. He was given the title as one of the seven sages of Greece. This was given for those who were renowned for their wisdom. While none of his writings have survived his works and understandings are still widely known. He most known for his beliefs of cosmology, water being the essence of all matter. Thales believed everything could be explained with water. Some examples include motion, life, and earth. Water was always moving and could be manipulated therefore water must be motion. Humans can survive weeks without food but mere days without water, humans were made of water, we now know this is partially true but with many more aspects. He considered earth to be floating on endless water.
Thales’ ideas didn’t stop with water. During a time when Greek gods were still the answering to the worlds natural phenomenoms he understand much more and began to piece them together. Its still unknown how he accomplished it, but he predicted a solar eclipse and its believed to be one of his more founding philosophical achievements.