reference of "that" "Followers of Pythagoras acknowledged that nature was in a perpetual state of flux, change or metamorphosis, but this in itself was manifest of a kind of eternal constancy." Does "this in itself" refer to "the state of nature (being in a perpetual state of flux, change or metamorphosis) or "nature" itself?
Jul 7, 2015 11:12 AM
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It refers to the "state of flux." "In itself" is used for emphasis. It conveys the idea "This sounds like a contradiction. It is subtle and paradoxical truth, not a mistake in wording." The debate is whether nature is in flux or constancy. Someone says "You are wrong, nature is not in a state of eternal constancy, it is always in perpetual flux." The Pythagoreans retort "That's true. But it does not refute us, it actually proves our point. 'Perpetual flux' is a kind of constancy."
July 7, 2015
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