Anaxagoras (500 - 428 BCE)
A pre-Socratic born in Asia Minor who tried to give a naturalistic account of eclipses, meteors, and the sun. Pericles invited him to Athens where he inaugurated Ionian-style philosophical thinking.

He also introduced the concept of nous (mind), as an ordering force in the universe.

1. He was Socrates teacher.

2. He rejected the existence of the Olympian gods. Though he was Socrates' teacher, Socrates did not (publicly) reject their existence.

3. To Anaximander, the divine sun was just a lump of burning matter.
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