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Single Idea 2629

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 1. God]

Full Idea

Anaxagoras, pupil of Anaximenes, was the first to maintain that the form and motion of the universe was determined and directed by the power and purpose of an infinite intelligence.

Gist of Idea

Anaxagoras was the first to say that the universe is directed by an intelligence


report of Anaxagoras (fragments/reports [c.460 BCE]) by M. Tullius Cicero - On the Nature of the Gods ('De natura deorum') I.26

Book Reference

Cicero: 'The Nature of the Gods', ed/tr. McGregor,Horace [Penguin 1972], p.80