Historical Who is Who

DEMOCRITUS

460 - 370 BCE
Greece
PHILOSOPHY

 

Though his surviving writings are fragmentary, they were originally extensive and his ideas widely influential in ethics, as also in physics, maths and music. He explained all life as made up of atoms and the individual as largely determined; any notion of God or gods was fictional, and his recipe for living was to be cheerful. He was a favourite for Karl Marx and now the British Humanist Association.

 Life

 

Writings

 

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