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WGU THC4 - Ethics

Moral Philosophy, Ethics, and the Early History of Moral Thought

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Thales The many are related to the One (Water)Questions of Existence
Anaximander The source of all matter is the indeterminate boundless; it is indestructible and has eternal motionQuestions of Existence
Pythagoras All things are numbers; there is a numerical basis for all things possessing shape and sizeMathematical QuestionsDeveloped the concept of form
Heraclitus Fire is the basic element to all matter; the condition of fire is change which explains why forms change; all things are in flux; change is unity in diversity universal Reason (logos); identifies Reason as a universal law immanent in all things
Anaximenes Air is the primary substance; differences in quality and quantity explain why things appear to be differentQuestions of Existence Change is the product of God’s
Parmenides Change and diversity are an illusion. Matter is a single substance that is motionless and shaped in a sphere Questions of Change Distinguishes between appearance and truth: appearance produces opinion, reality produces truth
Zeno (Parmenides’ student) The four paradoxes reveal that motion has no clear definition and is a relative conceptThere is only one being, continuous, material and motionlessQuestions of Change
Empedocles The many are the changeless and eternal; objects can change but the particles of which they are made are changelessParticles are made up of the four elements and their mixture accounts for the appearance of changeNature’s two forces love and hate impa
Anaxagoras Distinguished between Mind and matter; Mind is everywhere; it is separate from matter
Democritus and Leucippus All things consist of atoms which move in empty space Space is a receptacle which can be empty or full Atoms are indestructible, eternal and in constant motion Nature consists of only two things: space and atoms Two forms o
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