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The Milesian School

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n Ionia is the Cradle of Greek philosophy

n cosmology = study of the world order

n cosmogeny = study of the birth of the universe

n seeking unity / permanence in the changing cosmos (the One and the Many)

n conceive of matter as eternal and not separate from spirit; hence, they propose various types of matter as the primary substance

n Thales - water is the primary substance

n first to ask what one primary substance (Urstoff) the world was composed of

n Anaximander - the indefinite (apeiron) is the primary substance

n through eternal motion, elements separate off from the indefinite

n Anaximenes - air is the primary substance

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