one that is not becomes and is destroyed, and neither becomes nor is
And now, let us go back once more to the beginning, and see
whether these or some other consequences will follow.
Let us do as you say.
If one is not, we ask what will happen in respect of one? That is
Do not the words "is not" signify absence of being in that to
which we apply them?
And when we say that a thing is not, do we mean that it is not in
one way but is in another? or do we mean, absolutely, that what is not
has in no sort or way or kind participation of being?
Then, that which is not cannot be, or in any way participate in
And did we not mean by becoming, and being destroyed, the assumption
of being and the loss of being?
And can that which has no participation in being, either assume or
The one then, since it in no way is, cannot have or lose or assume
being in any way?
Then the one that is not, since it in no way partakes of being,
neither nor becomes?