Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Parts, Wholes, and the Principle of Sufficient Reason

“Nothing takes place without sufficient reason, that is… nothing happens without it being possible for someone who knows enough things to give a reason sufficient to determine why it is so and not otherwise. Assuming this principle, the first question we have the right to ask will be, why is there something rather than nothing? For nothing is simpler and easier than something. Furthermore, assuming that things must exist, we must be able to give a reason for why they must exist in this way, and not otherwise.”

(1646 - 1716)

"The division of the perceived universe
into parts and wholes is convenient
and may be necessary, 
but no necessity determines
how it shall be done."

(1904 - 1980)

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