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Who is the father of philosophy?

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ararunaj | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2009 at 11:35 PM via web

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Who is the father of philosophy?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 26, 2009 at 11:54 PM (Answer #1)

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Of course this is somewhat of a subjective question, but Westerner thinkers (obviously people from other regions of the world could well have their own opinions) generally consider Socrates to be the father of philosophy.

This is because Socrates was the first known philosopher to move from a consideration of the natural world and its laws to, instead, a focus on the human world.  Socrates (so we think -- given that all we know of him is what Plato and others wrote) was more interested in questions of human ethics and society.

His works have been enormously influential on Western philosophers and it is for these reasons that he is considered the father of philosophy.

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garydukes | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 18, 2010 at 7:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Thales was the first philosopher in Western history.  He thought about all of physical reality, and concluded that water was the main material of the universe.  His insight was that the movement of water could be used to describe nature.  He successfully predicted a solar eclipse.

 

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