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Single Idea 20893

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 1. Nature of Change]

Full Idea

Nothing comes into being from what does not exist, nor is it destroyed into what does not exist.

Gist of Idea

Nothing comes from non-existence, or passes into it


report of Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], A001) by Diogenes Laertius - Lives of Eminent Philosophers 09.44

Book Reference

Democritus: 'Early Greek Phil VII: Democritus', ed/tr. Laks,A/Most,G [Harvard Loeb 2016], p.75

A Reaction

[part of a concise summary of Democritus by DL] Probably an intuition about conservation laws, rather than a speculation about the Big Bang.