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Ancient Greek Philosophy, 2nd Edition by Vijay Tankha

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PHILOLAUS OF CROTON

PHILOLAUS

B1 Nature in the cosmos has been harmonised from the Unlimiteds and from what are Limiting. The whole order (kosmos) as well as everything in it. (Diogenes, VIII, 85)

B2 It is necessary that all things that are, are either limiting or unlimited or both limiting as well as unlimited. They could not be unlimited alone [or limiting alone]. Well then, as it appears that neither from the wholly limiting nor from the wholly unlimited, things that are come to be, clearly, the kosmos and everything in it is harmonised together from both the unlimited and the limiting. This is in fact made plain. For some of these, coming from the limiting, limit; those coming from both the limiting and the unlimited, both limit and do ...

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