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04-08-2012, 07:39 PM
I was looking up the word "homeomeries" and found an extract of a book

"A history of the notion of the individual” (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jR-YKp_0PYsC&pg=PA62&lpg=PA62&dq=homeomeries+aristotle&source=bl&ots=ZcSm0utNKF&sig=JRY_cfH7IivFpHsvJygQgRHWJBY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pceBT7SXGqfH0QWchYWFBQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=homeomeries%20aristotle&f=false), by Gilbert Simondon

“Anaxagoras considers each individual as containing an infinite number of indecomposable quantities; the
production of beings is merely a separation; of a state in which a given quality is invisible by virtue of its
combining with excessive quantities of certain other qualities. The appearance of generations and corruptions
stems from the variation in quantities within the beings. But these changes in proportions do not prevent
beings from always having the same composition. Generation is an extraction, more so than a synthesis. The
transformations of things are infinite, as if any individual being were capable of being the ore from which
every being will arise. This conception of the relation of simultaneity and succession between beings is close
to Ionian physiology, in this sense that each being contains seeds for all things (Aristotle calls them
homeomeries), which assures a continuity of the common material substance of which all beings are made,
and a relation of simultaneity between them.”

It starts on page 55 with pages 57/58 missing and ends on page 64

I thought it was interesting :)