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Stepping in the Same River Twice The Metaphysics of Plato and the Presocratics He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth - Goethe The SS Sardine is a fine sea-going vessel Its owner however is quite bent on wanting an entirely new boat Instead of investing the money into buying a whole boat she figures that she will simply transform the Sardine into a new boat herself For a period of twelve months the owner replaces every single plank used in the Sardines construction with fresh lumber from Home Depot At what point can it be said that the Sardine no longer exists Clearly when the first board is replaced the boat changes but can it be said to be a completely different boat If when twelve months is up and every single original plank of the Sardine has been replaced is it a new boat then Using an example closer to home as our own cells die and are replaced are we a new person when none of our original cells exist This is a perfect example of one of the classic problems from the history of metaphysics the problem of change This problem was as vexing to the ancient Greeks as it is to the modern mind Should we assume that what we see and feel what is actually the way we think it to be For philosophers concerned with metaphysics literally translated as beyond-physics the answer is most frequently no For the majority of people unfamiliar with the history of philosophy Plato serves as the first metaphysician developing an elaborate system of forms and particulars In actuality the world of metaphysics was already quite diverse and developed when Plato came onto the scene The first of the Greeks to be concerned with the subject were the scientist-philosophers of Miletus around 600 BCE Wheelwright 40 two whole centuries before Plato His thought was heavily influenced by
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