The School of Athens: Of Philosophy and Philosophers

The School of Athens by Raphael

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The owl of Minerva in her flight,

Beats her wings with all her might.

For all who see that glorious sight,

Know philosophy, that dear delight.

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Thales was first and everything is water,

Infinite and boundless said Anaximander,

While Pythagoras sought a magical number,

Anaximenes said all is air! And made a blunder.

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Heraclitus noted that everything flows.

Just as surely as the wind blows.

Parmenides cried that all is one.

Before Anaxagoras’s atoms come.

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For Xenophanes our gods are a visage,

Created after our little own image.

For Zeno, the tortoise will never lose,

Against Achilles who was not amused.

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Empedocles found solace in the elements,

And less so in humanity’s sentiments.

Our bodies to earth, our blood to water,

Our breath to air and our heat to fire.

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Said Socrates the wise after questioning,

The unexamined life is not worth living.

So he took hemlock to prove him mortal,

And ended up in heaven an immortal.

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Plato believed in the forms transcendal,

Aristotle thought that he was mental.

So he founded chemistry and biology,

Adding that to physics and psychology.

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Old Pyrrho the skeptic believed in nothing,

Epicurus wanted life to be more happening.

Then came Marcus Aurelius the noble king,

And Rome found that it could dance and sing.

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O Philosophy, that dear delight,

Teaching us to wonder with keen foresight.

Comments
3 Responses to “The School of Athens: Of Philosophy and Philosophers”
  1. Awesome. Great post and great painting (it is the header to my blog). Nice to meet a fellow appreciator.

  2. Arius says:

    Eclectic and well said. The unexamined life…

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