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Single Idea 1519

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 4. Mathematical Nature]

Full Idea

It would have been impossible for the dissimilar and incompatible sources to have been made into an orderly universe unless harmony had been present in some form or other.

Gist of Idea

Harmony must pre-exist the cosmos, to bring the dissimilar sources together


Philolaus (On the Cosmos (lost) [c.435 BCE], B06), quoted by John Stobaeus - Anthology 1.21.7d

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.111