Single Idea 15773

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 2. Powers as Basic]

Full Idea

One actuality always has temporal priority over another, going back to that which always, and in a primary way, initiates process.

Gist of Idea

Actualities are arranged by priority, going back to what initiates process


Aristotle (Metaphysics [c.324 BCE], 1050b05)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Metaphysics', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,Hugh [Penguin 1998], p.275

A Reaction

I am not clear from the context whether he is referring to things which have fundamental powers, or whether he is referring to the one great First Cause.