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Single Idea 1526

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 3. Parts of Time / a. Beginning of time]

Full Idea

With a single exception (Plato) everyone agrees about time - that it is not generated. Democritus says time is an obvious example of something not generated.

Gist of Idea

Democritus (unlike Plato alone) thinks that time must have been created


report of Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], A071) by Aristotle - Physics 251b14

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.175