The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Sophist by Plato:|
THEAETETUS: Certainly we do.
STRANGER: Let us be serious then, and consider the question neither in
strife nor play: suppose that one of the hearers of Parmenides was asked,
'To what is the term "not-being" to be applied?'--do you know what sort of
object he would single out in reply, and what answer he would make to the
THEAETETUS: That is a difficult question, and one not to be answered at
all by a person like myself.
STRANGER: There is at any rate no difficulty in seeing that the predicate
'not-being' is not applicable to any being.