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We may differentiate the state of being or existence and that of not-being, where the last point is the opposite of the first point, so this last term means to be not existent. Now I try to figure out if not-being is not. Does it hold to say that we can't notice something that is not, so since we notice something, not-being is not?

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What is "not-being" ? The absence of being or something else ?

See Parmenides' Poem :

Come now, I shall tell—and convey home the tale once you have heard—/

just which ways of inquiry alone there are for understanding:/

the one, that [it] is and that [it] is not not to be,/

is the path of conviction, for it attends upon true reality,/

but the other, that [it] is not and that [it] must not be,/

this, I tell you, is a path wholly without report:/

for neither could you apprehend what is not, for it is not to be accomplished,/

nor could you indicate it. (Fr. 2)

To inquiry about "what is not" is "a path wholly without report: for neither could you apprehend what is not, [...] nor could you indicate it."

Thus, there is no knowledge, nor way of speaking, about "what is not".

  • Thank you for your answer. I edited the question in case something remained unclear. – Rico1990 Dec 7 '18 at 6:34
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    @Rico1990, nothing can't exist since then it'd be something, not nothing. – EternalPropagation Dec 7 '18 at 15:34

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