Single Idea 404

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / d. The unlimited]

Full Idea

The non-limited is the original material of existing things; their source is also that to which they return after destruction, according to necessity; they give justice and make reparation to each other for injustice, according to the arrangement of Time.

Gist of Idea

Things begin and end in the Unlimited, and are balanced over time according to justice


Anaximander (fragments/reports [c.570 BCE], B1), quoted by Simplicius - On Aristotle's 'Physics' 24.13-

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.19

A Reaction

Simplicius is quoting Theophrastus