Single Idea 22726

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 1. God]

Full Idea

All things were together, and Mind came and set them in order.

Gist of Idea

When things were unified, Mind set them in order


Anaxagoras (fragments/reports [c.460 BCE])

Book Reference

Sextus Empiricus: 'Against the Physicists/Against the Ethicists', ed/tr. Bury,R.G. [Harvard Loeb 1997], p.5

A Reaction

This is presumably the source for the passionate belief of Plato in the importance of order. Existence seems like chaos, with order residing beneath it, but we can wonder whether if we go even deeper it is chaos again.