Investigative Aim of Anaxagorus and Thales Aristotle is one of the greatest philosophers of ancient Greece. He wrote on a great number of topics including how to go about learning and the nature of virtue. One of the topics examined in the Nicomachean Ethics were the investigative methods of Anaxagorus and Thales . Thales was considered the first scientist and was responsible for developing geometry and a number of other disciplines. Anaxagorus on the other hand was looking for the first cause of motion that he ultimately called mind(Nightingale 23). Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics seems to suggest that that the investigative methods of these philosophers result in a very specific type of knowledge. In book 6 section 7 Aristotle says,...The end:
..... conclusion, Aristotle explores the type of knowledge that Anaxagorus and Thales create through their investigative method. What he ultimately concludes is that these early scientists were engaged in pure research. The knowledge that they generate will not be immediately usable in known applications. However, it can be argued that it allows use to understand what is going on in the universe no matter where we are in the universe. Works Cited Aristotle, Aristotle’s Nocromachen Ethics, Hippocrates G. Apostle(trans), The Peripatetic Press, 1984. Merriam-Webster, Webster’s New Explorer Dictionary, Merriam- Webster Incorporated, 1999. Nightingale, Andrea Wilson, Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2004.