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Greek Foundations of Reality

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If you lived in the Greek world during the sixth century B.C.E. and knew only what could be done at that period, which of the basic substances or entities would you choose as the foundation of reality, based on your own observations? Why?

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Greek Foundations of Reality

What was real to the Greeks? The reality they experience and interrogate is facilitated by language and the foundation of the knowledge of their ancestors and the previous civilizations that came before them. But, even before the most basic tenets of the science we know today were made standard practice, the Greeks used discourse and critical observation of their realities to make sense of how things are and why things are the way they are. Take for example Socrates' attributed, 'An unexamined life is not worth living'. The classical foundations ...

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The solution is a 558-word essay discussing the Greek foundations of reality including ideas from the epistemologies of Socrates & Plato and the notions of reality via the mathematics of the likes of Pythagoras. References are listed. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.