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Single Idea 20910

[catalogued under 2. Reason / B. Laws of Thought / 2. Sufficient Reason]

Full Idea

Nothing happens at random, but everything for a reason and as the effect of necessity.

Gist of Idea

Everything happens necessarily, and for a reason


Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], B002), quoted by Pseudo-Plutarch - On the Doctrine of the Philosophers 1.25.4

Book Reference

Democritus: 'Early Greek Phil VII: Democritus', ed/tr. Laks,A/Most,G [Harvard Loeb 2016], p.139

A Reaction

[In Aetius 'Stob'] This remark reminds us of the link between necessity and sufficient reason. Do all reasons arise for a reason?