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Philosopher File: Anaxagoras

One of the Greek world’s earliest scientists, on the gunky nature of everything.

Image: Anaxagoras, from the Nuremberg Chronicle. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Presocratic philosophers are famously strange and difficult; but of all of them, Anaxagoras, who saw the universe as essentially gunky, is one of the strangest.

Anaxagoras: Life

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Will Buckingham

Will Buckingham

Writer & philosopher. PhD. Stories & ideas to make the world a better place. HELLO, STRANGER (Granta 2021): BBC R4 Book of the Week. Twitter @willbuckingham