Single Idea 16706

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 10. Beginning of an Object]

Full Idea

In the case of natural things there is only local motion. When from such motion there follows an aggregation of natural bodies that are gathered to one another and acquire the nature of a single subject, this is called generation.

Gist of Idea

Generation is when local motions aggregate to become a single subject


Nicholas of Autrecourt (Tractatus [1335], Ch. 1)

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.413

A Reaction

This is explosive atomistic corpuscularianism, three centuries before its appointed date. He was duly suppressed. Can he give an account of the 'nature of a single subject' in this way?