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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908904.001.0001

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Multiplicity

Multiplicity

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(p.77) Chapter 6 Multiplicity
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Being and Motion
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Thomas Nail

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908904.003.0007

This chapter argues that flows are neither one nor many, but multiple. Every flow both composes and is composed by at least one other flow, ad infinitum. As a nested continuum of entangled and folded flows, there is never only one flow or any simple totality of flows, but rather a continuous process, an open multiplicity of flows. As such, a flow is by definition a nonunity and nontotality. As continuous movements, flows are by definition infinite. If flows are infinite, and being is composed of flows, then being must be infinite. Being has no beginning and no end—just like its flows.

Keywords:   infinity, flow, delimitation, space-time, quantum, bifurcation

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