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  • "No concept, no matter what it might be," said Immanuel Kant, "could render comprehensible the possibility of an alteration ... for instance the being and the not-being of one and the same thing in one and the same place."

    Robert Lanza, M.D.: Biocentrism And The Existence Of God

  • The not-feeling is like not-being, only more so: it is being all the way through, nothing to get in the way.

    The Best American Poetry 2010

  • He also places ˜not-being™ above the Intellect at the highest plane of reality and occasionally writes in a manner reminiscent of Proclus 'divine henads.

    The Garbage House

  • I agree with Cheryl, "not-being" the NY Times is probably a very good thing.

    OpEdNEws Demands Civility Among Disagreeing Progressives

  • If one treats the physical world as metaphysically defective, as victimized in any and every respect by its being and not-being, then that suffices to preclude one from knowing anything about such a world.

    Plato's Middle Period Metaphysics and Epistemology

  • These two affirmations, if we regard the mind, are in the same relation to one another as being and not-being; for there is nothing positive in ideas, which constitutes the actual reality of falsehood (II.xxxv. note, and xlvii. note).

    The Ethics

  • The difference between a true idea and a false idea is plain: from what was said in II. xxxv., the former is related to the latter as being is to not-being.

    The Ethics

  • SOCRATES: Suppose that we remove the question out of the sphere of knowing or not knowing, into that of being and not-being.

    Theaetetus

  • SOCRATES: Yes, Theaetetus; and there are plenty of other proofs which will show that motion is the source of what is called being and becoming, and inactivity of not-being and destruction; for fire and warmth, which are supposed to be the parent and guardian of all other things, are born of movement and of friction, which is a kind of motion; — is not this the origin of fire?

    Theaetetus

  • SOCRATES: Very good; and now tell me what is the power which discerns, not only in sensible objects, but in all things, universal notions, such as those which are called being and not-being, and those others about which we were just asking — what organs will you assign for the perception of these notions?

    Theaetetus

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