Single Idea 16585

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 2. Hylomorphism / a. Hylomorphism]

Full Idea

Everyone says that prime matter, considered in itself, is free of all forms and at the same time is open to all forms - or, that matter is in potentiality to all forms.

Gist of Idea

Prime matter is free of all forms, but has the potential for all forms


Eustachius a Sancto Paulo (Summa [1609], III., quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 03.1

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.35

A Reaction

This is the notorious doctrine developed to support the hylomorphic picture derived from Aristotle. No one could quite figure out what prime matter was, so it faded away.