Anaximenes of Miletus

585 BC - 525 BC

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Anaximenes of Miletus (; Greek: Ἀναξιμένης ὁ Μιλήσιος; c. 586 – c. 526 BC) was an Ancient Greek, Ionian Pre-Socratic philosopher from Miletus in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), active in the latter half of the 6th century BC. The details of his life are obscure because none of his work has been preserved. Anaximenes' ideas are only known today because of comments about him made by later writers, such as Aristotle.As the last of the three philosophers of the Milesian School, considered the first philosophers of the Western world, Anaximenes is best known and identified as a younger friend or student of Anaximander, who was himself taught by the first philosopher Thales. Each developed a distinct cosmology without completely rejecting their predecessors views. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anaximenes of Miletus has received more than 343,386 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Anaximenes of Miletus is the 187th most popular philosopher (up from 189th in 2019), the 158th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 160th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Turkish Philosopher.

Anaximenes of Miletus is most famous for his theory that all things originate from air. He believed that the air is the original substance from which everything else is made.

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Among philosophers, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 187 out of 1,089Before him are Sextus Empiricus, Alcuin, Han Fei, Posidonius, John Venn, and Karl Kautsky. After him are José Ortega y Gasset, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hans Kelsen, Xun Kuang, Jean-François Lyotard, and Proclus.

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Among people born in 585 BC, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 525 BC, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 1After him are Psamtik III and Anaxandridas II.

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Among people born in Turkey, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 158 out of 1,128Before him are Mesrop Mashtots (361), Constantine IV (652), Al-Battani (858), Nabonidus (-555), Posidonius (-135), and Henri Fayol (1841). After him are Andronikos I Komnenos (1118), Maurice (539), Ammianus Marcellinus (330), Clement of Ohrid (840), Proclus (412), and Maximus the Confessor (580).


Among philosophers born in Turkey, Anaximenes of Miletus ranks 12Before him are Epictetus (50), Xenophanes (-570), Gregory of Nazianzus (329), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263), Chrysippus (-281), and Posidonius (-135). After him are Proclus (412), Apollonius of Tyana (15), Michael Psellos (1018), Arcesilaus (-315), Bias of Priene (-600), and Xenocrates (-396).