Single Idea 16597

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 4. Quantity of an Object]

Full Idea

Quantity …is divisibility, or a capacity to be divided into parts.

Gist of Idea

Quantity is the capacity to be divided


Kenelm Digby (Two treatises [1644], I.2.8), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 04.1

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.54

A Reaction

'Quantity' is scholastic philosophy is a concept we no longer possess. Without quantity, a thing might potentially exist at a spaceless point. Quantity is what spreads things out. See Pasnau Ch. 4.