Atheism and ancient philosophers.

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Reply Mon 21 Jul, 2008 08:17 am
To my opinion, it was probably atheism of that era that inspired the pre-socratic cosmogony which gave birth to the following ancient greek philosophy.
 
Arjen
 
Reply Mon 21 Jul, 2008 12:45 pm
@diamantis,
I think I need to know what you define 'atheism' as before I can go into that. Would you please be so kind?

Smile
 
paulhanke
 
Reply Mon 21 Jul, 2008 12:57 pm
@diamantis,
diamantis wrote:
To my opinion, it was probably atheism of that era that inspired the presocratic cosmogony which gave birth to the following ancient greek philosophy.


... was it atheism, or just the lack (in Ionia at the time) of an entrenched priest class with a vested interest in squashing free thought? (don't the Ionians often make reference to "the gods" in their cosmogonies?) ...
 
Didymos Thomas
 
Reply Mon 21 Jul, 2008 12:59 pm
@Arjen,
Western atheism definitely took cues from some of the presocratics, but the trend of atheism seems to have died with those presocratics until the Enlightenment.
 
 

 
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