Ten Ancient Greek Philosophers you should definitely know

 THALES (624-546 BC) Born in Miletus. One of the ‘Seven Sages’. He is considered to be no less than the father of Philosophy. He believed that all natural phenomena should be explained using scientific methods, and even managed -using astronomical observations- to predict a solar eclipse! PYTHAGORAS (570-496 BC) Born in Samos island. He believed that the only way to discover the secrets of the … Continue reading Ten Ancient Greek Philosophers you should definitely know

Plato was walking along the road…

…when a friend stopped him and said “My friend, I must tell you something bad I heard about one of your students.” Plato said, “First answer me the three tests of knowledge. One, have you personally checked if this thing is true?” “No” the friend answered. “Then two,” said Plato, “Will this knowledge make me happier?” “No”. came the reply. “Then there is one final … Continue reading Plato was walking along the road…

Epictetus

  “Difficulties are things that show people who they really are!” A slave born in Hierapolis that was to become a saint-like figure for the Greeks and the Romans. Poor, homeless he struggled with super-human energy and dedication to ease the pain of the sufferings of humanity through his teachings. One of his gratest fans was Marcus Aurelius himself! Centuries later, the US Navy Admiral … Continue reading Epictetus

Diogenes: Politically incorrect

An anecdote that involves the cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope (404-323 B.C.): ” When some strangers (visiting Athens) expressed a wish to see Demosthenes, he (Diogenes the cynic) stretched out his middle finger and said, “There goes the demagogue of Athens.” Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers. Book VI. Chapter 2. [34]  So, there you go… The first recorded use of the middle finger! Continue reading Diogenes: Politically incorrect