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Single Idea 15771

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / b. Prime matter]

Full Idea

If earth is air-esque and earth is (not fire but) fire-esque, then it is fire that is primary matter. Such matter is not a this-something.

Gist of Idea

Primary matter is what characterises other stuffs, and it has no distinct identity


Aristotle (Metaphysics [c.324 BCE], 1049a25)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Metaphysics', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,Hugh [Penguin 1998], p.271

A Reaction

For being a 'this-something' read 'having determinate identity'. Aristotle's account of 'primary matter' is controversial and much discussed.