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Single Idea 481

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 1. Nature of Existence]

Full Idea

No thing comes into being or passes away, but it is mixed together or separated from existing things. Thus it would be correct if coming into being was called 'mixing', and passing away 'separation-off''.

Gist of Idea

Nothing is created or destroyed; there is only mixing and separation


Anaxagoras (fragments/reports [c.460 BCE], B17), quoted by Simplicius - On Aristotle's 'Physics' 163.20

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.85