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Who was Anaximander? Infinity and Greek science

By |2019-01-26T12:31:48+00:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

Theater of Miletus, where Anaximander the mathematician lived Where was Anaximander from? Anaximander the mathematician was born about 610 BC in the Greek city of Miletus, in what is now Turkey. So he was able to have the great mathematician Thales of Miletus as his teacher. Thales was probably about 35 when Anaximander was twenty years old. [...]

Greek philosophy – ancient Greece

By |2018-10-02T08:47:34+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Greek philosophy at a symposium: men talking at a party - Loan Ant.103.18.The Fitzwilliam Museum The beginnings of philosophy In the 500s BC, people all over Europe and Asia became more and more interested in great philosophical questions. Why are we here? How does the world work? Why do things happen the way [...]

What is Tao? Taoism in Ancient China

By |2018-11-23T13:43:22+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Philosophy, What|

What is tao? A Later portrait of Lao Tzu Lao Tzu: What is Tao? Taoism is a philosophy or way of life. A man named Lao Tzu (or Lao Tsu) may have started it. He lived a little before Confucius and the Buddha, about 600 BC. Tao means the "way" or the "path". According to [...]

Chinese Philosophy – Taoism and Confucianism

By |2018-04-18T17:19:17+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Philosophy|

"Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism are one" (Song Dynasty, ca. 1100 AD) The first major philosopher who lived in China was Lao Tzu (if he really existed). He lived about 600 BC, under the Eastern Zhou dynasty. Lao Tzu founded the philosophy of Taoism. Taoism said that people should try to live in harmony with [...]

Confucius Biography – the Chinese philosopher

By |2018-10-05T05:51:26+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Philosophy|

Confucius life: Later portrait of Confucius, from the provincial museum of Shandong, China Confucius' childhood The philosopher Confucius' main interest was to figure out ways for the government to do a better job of taking care of the people. He lived in China during the 500s BC, under the Eastern Zhou dynasty. Eastern [...]