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Unformatted text preview: supposing it to be of a complex shape (say hook-shaped), we can always distinguish one part of the shape from another (say the hook from the shaft). c. Furley concludes that Democritus did, indeed, think of his atoms as being both theoretically indivisible and differing in shape, and that his view was therefore internally inconsistent. d. For more on this interpretation, see Guthrie , vol. 2 , Appendix, pp. 503-7 . For an opposing view, cf. Barnes , Presocratics , 352-360 . Barnes considers the idea that Democritean atoms are theoretically indivisible, in three different senses: conceptually, geometrically, and logically indivisible. He argues that the available texts do not adequately support the idea that atoms are theoretically indivisible, and concludes that the case has not been proven either way....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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