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Philosophy T1 L8 Theory of Recollection.docx

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Tuesday, October 23, 12 “Cycles of opposites” argument - Everything that has an opposite, comes to be from its opposite, and from no other source. 1. EV - 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 2. Reciprocity 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 Without reciprocity? - Awake  asleep (stay asleep world wouldn’t exist) - If one way only? Assumptions? - 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 Dead Living “Socrates is dead” means? Rejuvenation? Cycle of opposites in sum: - Everything that has an opposite comes to be from its opposite and form no other source. - 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 Slower  Faster Reciprocity Analogy 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 Examples A  B 1. We associate one thing (A) with another (B).
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