He came from Abdera
. His philosophy
was based on that of an earlier philosopher Leucippus
, and was itself the precursor of the materialist
philosophy of Epicurus
According to convention, there is a sweet and a bitter, a hot and a cold; according to convention there is a colour. In truth there are atoms and a void.
The theory is preserved in discussion by later writers, principally Aristotle
. None of his own writings survive, but those quotations that have been preserved largely relate to ethics
Robert Burton (1577-1640) used the by-name Democritus in his The Anatomy of Melancholy.