[Philosophy] The Milesians

The Milesian school was a school of early Greek Philosophy of the 6th century BC, based in the Ionian town of Miletus. The Milesian philosophers – Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes – believed the world is made of a fundamental element, an arche.


  • The basic element of everything is water.
  • Everything comes from water and returns to water.


  • The world evolves or dissolves something like a living mass called “the boundless” or “the infinite“.
  • All created things are limited. But the thing before or after them must be limitless.


  • The source of all things is air or vapor. Air is condensed to water and even pressed to earth.

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