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from Aristotle's Metaphysics, * 1015b16-1017a6, translated by W. D. Ross, Greek Fonts


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The things, then, that are called one in virtue of an accident, are called so in this way. (2) Of things that are called one in virtue of their own nature some (a) are so called because they are continuous, e.g. a bundle is made one by a band, and pieces of wood are made one by glue; and a line, even if it is bent, is called one if it is continuous, as each part of the body is, e.g. the leg or the arm. Of these themselves, the continuous by nature are more one than the continuous by art. A thing is called continuous which has by its own nature one movement and cannot have any other; and the movement is one when it is indivisible, and it is indivisible in respect of time. Those things are continuous by their own nature which are one not merely by contact; for if you put pieces of wood touching one another, you will not say these are one piece of wood or one body or one continuum of any other sort. ὅσα μὲν οὖν κατὰ συμβεβηκὸς λέγεται ἕν͵ τοῦτον τὸν τρόπον λέγεται· τῶν δὲ καθ΄ ἑαυτὰ ἓν λεγομένων τὰ μὲν λέγεται τῷ συνεχῆ εἶναι͵ οἷον φάκελος δεσμῷ καὶ ξύλα κόλλῃ· καὶ γραμμή͵ κἂν κεκαμμένη ᾖ͵ συνεχὴς δέ͵ μία λέγεται͵ ὥσπερ καὶ τῶν μερῶν ἕκαστον͵ οἷον σκέλος καὶ βραχίων. αὐτῶν δὲ τούτων μᾶλλον ἓν τὰ φύσει συνεχῆ ἢ τέχνῃ. συνεχὲς δὲ λέγεται οὗ κίνησις μία καθ΄ αὑτὸ καὶ μὴ οἷόν τε ἄλλως· μία δ΄ οὗ ἀδιαίρετος͵ ἀδιαίρετος δὲ κατὰ χρόνον. καθ΄ αὑτὰ δὲ συνεχῆ ὅσα μὴ ἁφῇ ἕν· εἰ γὰρ θείης ἁπτόμενα ἀλλήλων ξύλα͵ οὐ φήσεις ταῦτα εἶναι ἓν οὔτε ξύλον οὔτε σῶμα οὔτ΄ ἄλλο συνεχὲς οὐδέν.
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