The complete and the whole


That of which nothing is left outside, is complete and whole; for thus we define the whole, as that of which nothing is absent, e.g. a whole man or a whole box.

And what holds for each particular the same holds too for the whole in its most proper sense, as it is the universe whose nothing is outside; but that of which there holds an absence outside, is not all, whatever may be absent.

The whole and the complete are either completely the same or very close in regard to their nature. And nothing is complete unless it has an end; and the end is a limit.

(Physics 207a.8 to 207a.14)

Written by George A. Kotsalis