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Single Idea 11853

[catalogued under 9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 3. Unity Problems / e. Vague objects]

Full Idea

The mixed drink, of wine, cheese and barley, separates if it is not stirred.

Gist of Idea

A mixed drink separates if it is not stirred


Heraclitus (fragments/reports [c.500 BCE], B125)

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.33

A Reaction

Wiggins quotes this, because it seems to be Heraclitus struggling to decide what sortal his drink falls under. I take it to be a problem of vagueness, since separation and mixing occur along a continuum, like a sorites.