The Ionian Philosophers (Part 3) Image
Scientific thinking dates back about 2,600 years to the Greek philosophers of Ionia

Ionia got the name from Ionians ,who were living in Greece at the end of the Late Bronze Age, when a Greek civilization, called the Mycenaean civilization, declined around 1,200 BCE Image
Ionian cities became the intellectual leaders of Greece in the 6th century BCE, the city of Miletus became the focus of an intellectual revolution

Ionian intellectuals were not heavily influenced by religion nor limited by ancient books claiming truth or divine revelation Image
Early Ionian Philosophers

1. Thales

Thales seems to be the first known Greek philosopher, scientist and mathematician

He is believed to have been the teacher of Anaximander. He was the first natural philosopher in the Milesian School Image
He is recognised as one of the Seven Sages of Greece

Thales is said to have predicted the eclipse of the sun mentioned by Herodotus​1 as occurring at the close of the war between the Lydians and the Medes Image
This practical turn of mind led him to believe that events in the world were not due to supernatural intervention

But had natural causes that reason and observation would reveal Image
The idea that everything in the universe can be ultimately reduced to a single substance is the theory of monism

And Thales and his followers were the first to propose it within Western philosophy Image
His true importance lies in the fact that he was the first known thinker to seek naturalistic

Rational answers to fundamental questions, rather than to ascribe objects and events to the whims of capricious gods Image
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