Single Idea 16600

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

Full Idea

Prime matter signifies body considered without the consideration of any form or accident except only magnitude or extension, and aptness to receive form and accidents.

Gist of Idea

Prime matter is body considered with mere size and extension, and potential


Thomas Hobbes (De Corpore (Elements, First Section) [1655], 2.08.24)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Metaphysical Writings', ed/tr. Calkins,Mary Whiton [Open Court 1905], p.68

A Reaction

I take 'considered without' to indicate that he thinks of it as a psychological abstraction, rather than some actual existing thing.