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Aristotle - index for METAPHYSICA Book 14 Part 4

The generation of numbers

  
Paragraph 1 These thinkers say there is no generation of the odd number, which evidently implies that there is generation of the even;
Paragraph 2 A difficulty, and a reproach to any one who finds it no difficulty, are contained in the question how the elements and the principles are related to the good and the beautiful;
Paragraph 3 This, then, is the problem, - which of the two ways of speaking is right.
Paragraph 4 These absurdities follow, and it also follows that the contrary element, whether it is plurality or the unequal, i.e. the great and small, is the bad-itself.
Paragraph 5 All these objections, then, follow, partly because they make every principle an element, partly because they make contraries principles, partly because they make the One a principle, partly because they treat the numbers as the first substances, and as capable of existing apart, and as Forms.


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