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Single Idea 20904

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / d. Non-being]

Full Idea

What exists does not exist at all more than what does not exist, and both are causes in a similar way for the things that come about.

Gist of Idea

The non-existent exists as much as the existent, because it has causal powers


Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], A008), quoted by Simplicius - On Aristotle's 'Physics' p.28.4-27

Book Reference

Democritus: 'Early Greek Phil VII: Democritus', ed/tr. Laks,A/Most,G [Harvard Loeb 2016], p.95

A Reaction

[Simplicius actually attributes this to the shadowy Leucippus] You can see the point. If you drive into a pothole, that has considerable causal powers.