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[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / L. Paradox / 6. Paradoxes in Language / b. The Heap paradox ('Sorites')]

Full Idea

Zeno is wrong in arguing that the tiniest fragment of millet makes a sound; there is no reason why the fragment should be able to move in any amount of time the air which the whole bushel moved as it fell.

Gist of Idea

Zeno is wrong that one grain of millet makes a sound; why should one grain achieve what the whole bushel does?


comment on Zeno (Elea) (fragments/reports [c.450 BCE], A29) by Aristotle - Physics 250a16

Book Reference

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