Theory of Opposition

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Theory of Opposition In looking at the reasoning and theories of different philosophers throughout history, we see numerous themes develop which play various and sometimes very significant roles in each philosopher's arguments. In their discussions of the cause or source of the universe as well as those regarding the relationships that exist inherently in nature, we see the different thinkers utilize themes such as unity, change and opposition. While many philosophers may employ one or many of these such themes, it is important to note that, often, the significance, interpretation and specific roles of these themes will vary from one philosopher to another. With this in mind, I will attempt to outline the role and interpretation of the theory of oppostion as presented by Anaximander, Heraclitus and Aristotle. Although a limited amount of Anaximander's original writings survive to this day, a generally clear understanding has been developed of his philosophies. In his criticizm of Thales' proposal of water as the singular source of the universe, Anaximander reasons that it ...
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