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Ideas of Anaxagoras, by Text

[Greek, c.510 - 428 BCE, Born in Clazomenae. Taught the playwright Euripides. Died at Lampsacus.]

460BCE fragments/reports
p.5 Mind creates the world from a mixture of pure substances
p.5 When things were unified, Mind set them in order
p.9 Anaxagoras was charged with impiety for calling the sun a lump of stone [Plutarch]
p.14 Anaxagoras said that the number of principles was infinite [Aristotle]
p.45 Snow is not white, and doesn't even appear white, because it is made of black water [Cicero]
p.47 We reveal unreliability in the senses when we cannot discriminate a slow change of colour [Sext.Empiricus]
p.52 Mind is self-ruling, pure, ordering and ubiquitous [Plato]
p.80 Anaxagoras was the first to say that the universe is directed by an intelligence [Cicero]
p.155 Anaxagoras says mind produces order and causes everything [Plato]
p.202 Anaxagoras says mind remains pure, and so is not affected by what it changes [Aristotle]
p.327 The ultimate constituents of reality are the homoeomeries [Vlastos]
p.357 Anaxagoras's concept of supreme Mind has a simple First and a multiple One [Plotinus]
p.387 For Anaxagoras the Good Mind has no opposite, and causes all movement, for a higher reason [Aristotle]
p.471 Anaxagoreans regard the homoeomeries as elements, which compose earth, air, fire and water [Aristotle]
p.509 Basic is the potentially perceptible, then comes the contrary qualities, and finally the 'elements'
p.695 Anaxagoras was the first recorded atheist [Watson]
1216 p.232 Anaxagoras said a person would choose to be born to contemplate the ordered heavens
B03 p.312 Things get smaller without end
B10 p.307 Germs contain microscopic organs, which become visible as they grow
B12 p.11 Nous is unlimited, self-ruling and pure; it is the finest thing, with great discernment and strength
B12 p.85 Past, present and future, and the movements of the heavens, were arranged by Mind
B17 p.85 Nothing is created or destroyed; there is only mixing and separation
B21 p.18 The senses are too feeble to determine the truth