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Single Idea 1511

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space / 5. Relational Space]

Full Idea

If there is a place it will be in something, because everything that exists is in something. But what is in something is in a place. Therefore the place will be in a place, and so on ad infinitum. Therefore, there is no such thing as place.

Gist of Idea

If everything is in a place, what is the place in? Place doesn't exist


report of Zeno (Elea) (fragments/reports [c.450 BCE], B3) by Simplicius - On Aristotle's 'Physics' 9.562.3

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.79