Aristotle

summary of nicomachean ethics by aristotleAristotle was one of the last of the classical Greek philosophers. He was a student of Plato, who himself was a student of the wise Socrates. Aristotle, often referred to as the father of logic, was a voracious learner and prolific writer. 
 
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Aristippus

AristippusAristippus was said to have indulged in luxuries and extravagance and spent much of his life in the court of Dionysius I of Syracuse where he was a strange mix between a teacher and a court jester. The father of the school of Cyrenaic Hedonism, Aristippus sought pleasure by any means. 

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Diogenes of Sinope

diogenes (1)Diogenes of Sinope is considered one of the more eccentric, or at the very least untraditional, of the ancient  philosophers. He is credited as being one of the founders of cynicism and practiced these ideals through the eccentricities that filled his life…
 
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Epicurus

EpicurusbustEpicurus was born approximately 20 years after the death of Aristotle on the island of Samos. He would develop a school of philosophical thought known as Epicureanism. Epicurus emphasis on subtle pleasure and the removal of a fear of death. 
 
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Heraclitus

heraclitusHeraclitus would be remembered for his delve into Metaphysics. He attempted to explain the world around him in manageable terms. Heraclitus is often remembered for his cosmological view that described a divine structure to the universe. 
 
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Parmenides

parmenidesParmenides was a pre-Socratic philosopher who, through reasoning alone, concluded that the universe is incapable of change and that all things are eternal. Parmenides would begin a tradition that would be carried on by the Elatics.
 
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Plato

Platopic2Plato is often remembered as something of a philosopher king. His works were so extensive and so insightful that it is impossible to mention ancient Greek philosophy without also mentioning the likes of Plato…
 
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Protagoras

Protagoras v. Abdera / Gem.v.J.de Ribera - Protagoras of Abdera /Painting by Ribera -A man who was a self proclaimed sophist, Protagoras would put forth several ideas that expanded on the loose doctrine of sophism. He put forth the notion that all knowledge, truth, and virtue is subjective in nature. 
 
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Pyrrho of Elis

pyrrho1He lead a life consistent with his doctrine, going out of his way for nothing, taking no precaution, but facing all risks as they came, whether carts, dogs or precipices. Pyrrho is often remembered as the mysterious founder of the skeptics. 

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Pythagoras

pythagorasWhile 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. He is often rememberd as the father of mathematics. 
 
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Socrates

Statue of SocratesSocrates is often pointed to as being the father of western philosophy. It is strange then that this man left behind no writings or established any formal school. Socrates is often remembered as the first intellectual martyr of Western society. 
 
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Thales of Miletus

thalesThales of Miletus is often credited with being the first of the Greek philosophers. He was born around 624 BCE and lived on the Greek peninsula of Miletus. He was one of the first philosophers to explore the realm of Metaphysics. 
 
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Zeno of Citium

zenobustZeno of Citium would be remembered as the founding father of Stoicism. His teachings were similar to that of the cynics, but with several important differences. Stoicism would find much favor in Hellenistic Greece as well as in the Roman empire. 

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Zeno of Elea

Zeno_of_Elea-200x300Zeno of Elea was most notable because of his assertion that motion, as we know it, is impossible. Not only did he make this large claim, he attempted to prove it…
 
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