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Single Idea 1641

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 5. Physicalism]

Full Idea

One group drags everything down to earth, insisting that only what offers tangible contact is, since they define being as the same as body, despising anyone who says that something without a body is. These are frightening men.

Gist of Idea

Some alarming thinkers think that only things which you can touch exist


Plato (The Sophist [c.359 BCE], 246b)

Book Reference

Plato: 'The Sophist', ed/tr. Bernadete,Seth [University of Chicago 1986], p.39