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In the ancient Western world, philosopher was synonymous with scientists, as philosophers attempted to interpret the world around them based on speculation. When empirical science developed, a new branch of though formed, which relied solely on measurable and observable fact to explain the natural world. The first Classical (Greek and Roman) philosophers attempted to explain social and political problems in terms of internal human processes and human nature.
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