chapter  1
1Philosophy before Socrates
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Early in the sixth century BC,1 a man named Thales looked around at the world in which we live and decided that everything is water.2 This man had eyes and all of the other senses belonging to a normal human being; there is no record of his having been deranged, diseased, or insane. Instead, he is regarded by an ancient tradition, one extending down to the current day, as the first philosopher.