Tuesday, October 23, 12
“Cycles of opposites” argument
- Everything that has an opposite, comes to be from its opposite, and from no other
- Slower Faster
- Smaller bigger
- Colder hotter
- Less beautiful more beautiful
- More just less just
- Coming to be
All comparisons ^ (end in “er”), ones that don’t end in “er” example – awake and asleep,
acceleration and deceleration
It is the coming to be
Things with no opposites: a chair, can have an uncomfortable chair or a comfy chair but it’s
still a chair
The process runs in both directions.
“Socrates, this is universal and necessary unless nature is lame or imperfect”
- Slower faster
- Hotter colder
- Coming to be
- Awake asleep (falling asleep)
- Asleep awake (waking up)
- Alive dead (dying)
- Dead alive (being born)
- Alive Dead
*Unless nature is lame or imperfect
- Awake asleep (stay asleep world wouldn’t exist)
- If one way only?
- There will never be a time when nothing will be alive.
- There is no spontaneous generation (ex nihilo nihil fit).
- If the living had some other origin than the dead, it would be exhausted and
everything would be dead
“Socrates is dead” means?
Cycle of opposites in sum:
- Everything that has an opposite comes to be from its opposite and form no other
- E.g. slower faster.
- There are two process = reciprocity.
- Sleeping being awake.
- Therefore, unless nature is lame, dead alive.
- Dead alive versus Death Life!
Summary of the first Argument
Process is “p”
(p) awake asleep (p)
fact Living Dead (p)
unless Nature is lame,
Dead Living (p)
“Theory of Recollection” argument
Based on: When we were born, we knew everything but at birth we forgot it all and
life is all about trying to relearn all that we knew, it wasn’t wiped clean out of our
brain it was just forgotten
1. We associate one thing (A) with another (B).