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Single Idea 15858

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 1. Nature of Change]

Full Idea

Earth, air, fire and water, viewed as elements, are, by tradition, the leading candidates for being the things that persist through change.

Gist of Idea

Traditionally, the four elements are just what persists through change


Verity Harte (Plato on Parts and Wholes [2002], 4.4)

Book Reference

Harte,Verity: 'Plato on Parts and Wholes' [OUP 2002], p.252

A Reaction

Physics still offers us things that persist through change, as conservation laws.