Ancient Philosophers: The Pluralists, General Notions


Classic Philosophers: The Great Thinkers of Western Philosophy


Ancient Philosophers: The Philosophy of the Early Greek Naturalists, by Jonathan Dolhenty


V. The Pluralists: General Notions


General Notions

The Pluralists are those philosophers who, putting to themselves the problem of being (Parmenidean) and of becoming (Heraclitean), attempt a reconciliation between the two factions by having recourse to more primordial elements. They accept on the one side the being of Parmenides, but they break it up into various parts, so that the root of things would be found in various elements. The composition and decomposition of these original elements would give the explanation of the becoming of Heraclitus.

Thus the Pluralists believe that they have overcome the opposition between being and non-being. The chief philosophers of this group are Empedocles of Agrigentum, Anaxagoras of Clazomenae, and Democritus of Abdera.


The late Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty was the Founder and President of The Center for Applied Philosophy and the Radical Academy, and is Honorary Philosophy Editor at The Moral Liberal. The Moral Liberal has adopted these projects beginning with a republishing and preserving of all of Dr. Dolhenty’s work. “Classic Philosophers: The Great Thinkers of the Western World” was designed and organized by Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. Copyright ©1992 -2011 The Radical Academy. Copyright renewed in © 2011 -2013 The Radical Academy (a project of The Moral Liberal).


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