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Single Idea 16668

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 8. Properties as Modes]

Full Idea

Modes are not nothing but something more than mere nothing; they are therefore 'res' of some kind, not substantial of course, but at least modal.

Gist of Idea

Modes of things exist in some way, without being full-blown substances


Pierre Gassendi (Disquisitions [1644], II.3.4), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 260

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.260

A Reaction

This is the great modern atomist talking pure scholastic metaphysics. He's been reading Suárez. Gassendi seems to accept more than one type of existence.