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Unformatted text preview: PHI/CLA 205: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy Hendrik Lorenz Handout for Class 7: Atomism (1) Melissus, KRS 534 And nothing of it is empty. For what is empty is nothing. Well, what is empty could not very well exist. Nor does it move. For it cannot give way at any point, but is full. For if there were such a thing as empty it would give way into what was empty; but since there is no such thing as empty, it has nowhere to give way. (2) KRS 545, (Aristotle, GC A8) For some of the ancients thought that what is must be one and motionless, since the void is nonexistent, and there could be no motion without a separately existing void, and again there could not be a plurality without something to separate them. […] But Leucippus thought he had arguments which would assert what is consistent with sense perception and not do away with coming into being or perishing or motion, or the plurality of existents. He agrees with the appearances to this extent, but he concedes, to those who maintain the One, that there would be no motion without void, and says that the void is not-being, and that no part of...
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