What Is Homo Sapiens, What Does It Mean?July 1, 2021
The learned man… (the knowing man N.) The idea that man is a being of reason was put forward by Anaxagoras, one of the most important thinkers of antiquity. Anaxagoras is a thinker who has thought deeply about human beings, and has intuitions far beyond his age. It is he who first thinks about whether a person is wise because he has hands, or whether he has hands because he is wise. Aristotle also agreed with both ideas. The concept of intelligent man, taken by Aristotle from Anaxagoras, was translated into Latin by the scholastics anima rationalis. The naturalist Karl von Linne, in his Systema Naturae (1778), used this expression to describe the human species, which he wanted to distinguish from the animal by its cultured nature. la. The word Sapiens expresses the meaning of well-behaved (intelligent). See. Man, Hand, Reason, Action, Anthropology.