1. Greek philosopher who developed an atomistic theory of matter (460-370 BC)
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  • However, the article as a whole makes it clear that eclecticism requires both imaginative genius, the gift to combine and explain, and the ability to gather evi - dence and to put facts to the test; only he who com - bines (objective) experimental and (subjective) system - atic eclecticism, like Democritus, Aristotle, and Bacon, may claim to be a truly eclectic philosopher in ENLIGHTENMENT
  • The result is much like the preludes that Democritus of Chios jeered at Melanippides for writing instead of antistrophic stanzas — Rhetoric
  • The cosmogony is nonatomist; the accourt of the origin of animal life has closer parallels in other pre-Socratic texts than it has in Democritus; some features of the anthropology may be Democritean, but the author's reference to the crucial significance of the human hand (8. 9), which has made man the only tool-using animal, seems to go back to Anaxagoras (Aristotle, De partibus animalium PROGRESS IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY
  • Democritus and Epicurus suppose that sight is caused by the insertion of little images into the visive organ, and by the reception of certain rays which return to the eye after meeting the object. Essays and Miscellanies
  • Bacon not only despised the syllogism, but undervalued mathematics, presumably as insufficiently experimental. He was virulently hostile to Aristotle, but thought very highly of Democritus.
  • Democritus was an ancient Greek philosopher who moved in the same circles as Socrates.
  • In him is renewed and begun again the palintocy of the Megarians and the palingenesy of Democritus. Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel
  • Democritus was one of the earliest philosophical materialists and speculated about the atomic structure of matter. Marx's first published word was a study of Democritus.
  • the ancient Greek philosophers Democritus and Epicurus held atomic theories of the universe
  • Democritus called his primordial element an atom; Anaxagoras, too, conceived a primordial element, but he called it merely a seed or thing; he failed to christen it distinctively. A History of Science: in Five Volumes. Volume I: The Beginnings of Science
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