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Anaximenes (flourished c.550 bc)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, born in Miletus, a student of Anaximander. Following Thales and Anaximander, Anaximenes believed that there was one underlying principle from which everything comes and to which everything returns. For him, this principle is air. Air is boundless, but not as indeterminate as Anaximander's apeiron . It is through the process of condensation and rarefaction that air is transformed into everything else. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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