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Fig 3.8 – Philosophical Synthesis

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Anaximenes (586–526 BCE) attempted an early empirical and rational synthesis. He disagreed with Thales about water and disagreed with Anaximander about the infinite being the origin of the world. He believed that it was easier to conceive of air as the nature of all things; thus, combining the natural world of Thales’s arche, with the infinite apeiron of Anaximenes. Anaximenes believed the Earth was flat like a disc and rode on air like a frisbee.

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