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Aristotle - index for METAPHYSICA Book 9 Part 3

The Megaric school, Protagoras

  
Paragraph 1 There are some who say, as the Megaric school does, that a thing 'can' act only when it is acting, and when it is not acting it 'cannot' act, e.g. that he who is not building cannot build, but only he who is building, when he is building;
Paragraph 2 For it is clear that on this view a man will not be a builder unless he is building (for to be a builder is to be able to build), and so with the other arts.
Paragraph 3 Again, if that which is deprived of potency is incapable, that which is not happening will be incapable of happening;
Paragraph 4 The word 'actuality', which we connect with 'complete reality', has, in the main, been extended from movements to other things;


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