Investigative Aim of Anaxagorus and Thales

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The beginning:
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.