What is one thing that the father of ancient philosophy and the father of modern philosophy have in common? Besides their immense contributions not only to philosophy but also geometry and numerous other fields, there is another commonality I have recently noticed.
Depending on who you ask, the father of ancient philosophy is said to be either Pythagoras or Socrates. As great as Socrates was, the title “father of philosophy” more rightly belongs to Pythagoras who preceded Socrates by about a century. In fact, it was Pythagoras who coined the term “philosophy”. A seeker of wisdom, Pythagoras set out from his home on the Island of Samos to explore the world in search of truth and knowledge. His furious pursuit led him to to an understanding of mathematics for which he is now most commonly known. Seeking for a term to describe himself as a lover of wisdom, he combined the Greek word for love (philo) and wisdom (sophia) to get philosophy.