Mythic and Pre-Socratic Worldviews

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Philosophy is a very important part of people’s lives. Philosophy is quite basically asking inquiries about existence, reality and nature of knowledge. To better understand philosophy we must look throughout history. Looking back through history helps better show what the philosophers thought during the time period in which they lived. The relativity of the theories, to the time period, is a very important factor in how efficient these theories they were. The first philosopher’s ideas to people today would be considered either very basic, or insane. Yet, in the time period they lived in, they were considered to be geniuses. Also, looking back through time and studying philosophers and what they believed can help create a better idea for our …show more content…
Hesiod was another important poet in the transition period between myth and Presocratics. He wrote of a story of how everything was created. He stated that in the beginning there was chaos or a yawning gap. This was because the Greeks did not believe in creation from nothing. He used personification to tell a story of how the earth and sky mated to create the gods. Hesiod and Homer were both credited with the theogony, or creation of gods, of Greek civilization. The reason they both have the mythic worldview is because they both include supernatural and fictional aspects in their works. By including these aspects they are creating a false story that has aspects of truth hidden behind it. Hesiod also states in his works that he is not really the person who created the story. He states that he was told the story by muses, or goddesses, while he was tending to his sheep. This is also an aspect that keeps him in the category of myth. Hesiod is the first real transition between the mythic worldview and the Presocratic. He is considered a transitional writer because in his work of explaining the creation he is getting some form of a rational explanation as to how the earth was made, while Homer was mainly focused on telling the stories of the Golden Age. Thales was the next person in the chronological history of philosophy. He was an astronomer and a…

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