Definition of Anaximenes

1. Noun. A presocratic Greek philosopher and associate of Anaximander who believed that all things are made of air in different degrees of density (6th century BC).

Generic synonyms: Philosopher

Definition of Anaximenes

1. Proper noun. (c. 585 BC–c. 525 BC) An ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher from Miletus; the pupil of Anaximander. He taught that the basic element of which the world is composed is the air. ¹

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Literary usage of Anaximenes

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1. The History of Philosophy from Thales to Comte by George Henry Lewes (1871)
"Anaximenes. Anaximander is by most historians placed after Thales. "We follow Hitter in giving that place to Anaximenes. The reasons on which we ground this ..."

2. The Library of Original Sources: Ideas that Have Influenced Civilization, in edited by Oliver Joseph Thatcher (1915)
"Anaximenes Anaximenes, like Thales and Anaximander, was a Milesian. He lived in the latter half of the sixth century BC, and is the last of the Milesian ..."

3. The First Philosophers of Greece: An Edition and Translation of the by Arthur Fairbanks (1898)
"Geschichte d. Phil. i. pp. 815 ff. and pp. 582 ff. (a) FRAGMENT ACCREDITED TO Anaximenes. Collection des anciens alchimistes grecs, Livre i., Paris 1887, p. ..."

4. A History of Philosophy by Frank Thilly (1914)
"Anaximenes (588-524 BC), another citizen of Miletus, is supposed to have been a pupil of Anaximander. He wrote a prose- work in the Ionic dialect, ..."

5. Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers by James Donaldson, Alexander Roberts, Allan Menzies, Novatianus (1868)
"Anaximenes—his System of " an Infinite Air"—his Views of Astronomy and Natural Phenomena. But Anaximenes, who himself was also a native of Miletus, ..."

6. History of Philosophy, for Use in High Schools, Academies, and Colleges by Thomas Hunter (1900)
"Anaximenes (588 - 524 B. c.) was the third of the Ionian or physical philosophers ... Anaximenes regarded air as the substance out of which all things came. ..."

7. History of Letter-writing, from the Earliest Period to the Fifth Century. by William Roberts (1843)
"The letter of Pythagoras, who was tl» ' founder of the Italic school, is to Anaximenes, a follower (^ Thaïes, and a professor of the Ionic philosophy, ..."

8. Source Book in Ancient Philosophy by Charles Montague Bakewell (1907)
"Anaximenes [Flourished about 550 BC] THE OPINIONS OF Anaximenes Anaximenes 14 said air was the first principle. *** Anaximenes of Miletus,15 son of ..."

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