Definition of Anaxagoras

1. Noun. A presocratic Athenian philosopher who maintained that everything is composed of very small particles that were arranged by some eternal intelligence (500-428 BC).

Generic synonyms: Philosopher

Definition of Anaxagoras

1. Proper noun. An ancient Greek philosopher (c. 500 BC – 428 BC) from Clazomenae, who is famous for introducing the cosmological concept of Nous (mind), as an ordering force. ¹

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Literary usage of Anaxagoras

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1. Handbook of the History of Philosophy by Albert Schwegler (1868)
"Surely, too, Mr. Lewes is very unhappy in assuming Aristotle to have regarded the system of anaxagoras as inferior to that of Empedocles. ..."

2. History of Philosophy by Alfred Weber (1904)
"anaxagoras is the founder of corpuscular physics, and, by his hypothesis of the ordering vow, ... anaxagoras opposes Heraclitus in two essential points : 1. ..."

3. A History of Philosophy: From Thales to the Present Time by Friedrich Ueberweg, George Sylvester Morris, Henry Boynton Smith, Noah Porter, Vincenzo Botta (1891)
"Archelaus, the most important among the disciples of anaxagoras, ... Another disciple of anaxagoras, Metrodorus of Lampsacus, interpreted the Homeric poems ..."

4. A History of Greek Philosophy from the Earliest Period to the Time of Socrates by Eduard Zeller (1881)
"25); but when he deduces from this that we cannot ' seriously ascribe to anaxagoras the doctrine that Nous is a essence which ..."

5. The First Philosophers of Greece: An Edition and Translation of the by Arthur Fairbanks (1898)
"And he called to mind the saying of anaxagoras that just such things as men assume will ... The thought of anaxagoras . . . that some things exist between ..."

6. Philosophy and Theology: Being the First Edinburgh University Gifford Lectures by James Hutchison Stirling (1890)
"RETURNING to anaxagoras, it is still a question how we are to decide him to have regarded ... As though actually quoting from the very work of anaxagoras, ..."

7. Early Greek Philosophy by John Burnet (1892)
"ALL that Apollodoros tells us with regard to the date of anaxagoras seems to rest upon the authority of Demetrios Phalereus, who said of him, ..."

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