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(ca. 460–ca. 371 BC). B. Abdera, Thrace; known as “Abderite” and “Laughing Philosopher.” Adopted the atomistic philos. of Leucippus* and developed it into the first important materialist philos. of nature; held that the soul is material and perishes with, and in the same sense as, the body. See also Philosophy.

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