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Athens and Sparta are often considered two of the most, if not the most, influential of the ancient Greek civilization; their progress in philosophy, literature and warfare would come to shape much of our idea of ancient Greece. There is no doubt that these civilizations were very influential.  However, it could be argued that they

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Pythagoras and the Revolution of Mathematics

While Pythagoras has become known as one of the first revolutionaries in the field of philosophy and mathematics, surprisingly little is known about him, as he kept no writings of his own. All that we have learned about Pythagoras and his teachings has come to us indirectly through the writings of others. What we do

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Classical Wisdom Standoff: Heraclitus vs. Parmenides (part 3)

Today we present the final addition to Heraclitus vs. Parmenides. Previous articles have explored the nature of metaphysics. Both philosophers concluded that the universe could be broken down into one fundamental thing. They presented radically different ideas about what that thing was, however. If you have not already, then read part one and two before

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Classical Wisdom Standoff: Heraclitus vs. Parmenides (part 2)

Read part one here In our last segment we introduced the two probing philosophers. Heraclitus and Parmenides are two of the most well known presocratic philosophers. They were both metaphysicians who took the stance that the universe can essentially can be reduced to one fundamental thing. However, as we mentioned, they had a severe disagreement

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Epicurus: The Nature of Death and the Purpose of Life

Early philosophy in ancient Greece sought to explain the nature of the universe. For instance, there was Thales of Miletus, who held the rather bold belief that the entire universe is made of water in one form or the other. This dramatic delve into the study of metaphysics was very popular with early philosophers and

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