Single Idea 16644

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 8. Properties as Modes]

Full Idea

It is impossible to separate [affections/accidents], both in respect of quantity and of quality - of quantity, because there is no minimum magnitude, and of quality, because affections are inseparable.

Gist of Idea

The features of a thing (whether quality or quantity) are inseparable from their subjects


Aristotle (Physics [c.337 BCE], 188a11)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Basic Works of Aristotle', ed/tr. McKeon,Richard [Modern Library Classics 2001], p.226

A Reaction

This is an aspect of his famous view that universals, if there are such, are inherent in objects, and can't float free. It was important for scholastic philosophers, who need accidents to float free for the doctrine of Transubstantiation.