Thales claimed water as his arche, but Aristotle says that he also said that "Everything is full of gods". Are those two claims in agreement?

  • Thales' statement is not "ontology"; it is about physis (nature). See The Milesians: "In his account of his predecessors’ searches for “causes and principles” of the natural world and natural phenomena, Aristotle says that Thales of Miletus was the first to engage in such inquiry." – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Jan 13 at 11:26
  • And "Thales’ reported claims that the lodestone (with its magnetic properties) and amber (which when rubbed exhibits powers of attraction through static electricity) have souls and that all things are full of gods. Aristotle surmises that Thales identified soul (that which makes a thing alive and thus capable of motion) with something in the whole universe, and so supposed that everything was full of gods—water, or soul, being a divine natural principle." – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Jan 13 at 11:31

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