Single Idea 16588

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 2. Types of Existence]

Full Idea

I sooner judged that what lacks all form does not exist, than thought of as something in between form and nothing, neither formed nor nothing, unformed and next to nothing.

Gist of Idea

I prefer a lack of form to mean non-existence, than to think of some quasi-existence


Augustine (Confessions [c.398], XII.6), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 03.1

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.38

A Reaction

Scholastics were struck by the contrast between this remark, and the remark of Averroes (Idea 16587) that prime matter was halfway existence. Their two great authorities disagreed! This sort of thing stimulated the revival of metaphysics.

Related Idea

Idea 16587 Prime matter is halfway between non-existence and existence [Averroes]