Single Idea 17233

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 5. Essence as Kind]

Full Idea

Universal things are contained in the nature of singular things.

Gist of Idea

Particulars contain universal things


Thomas Hobbes (De Corpore (Elements, First Section) [1655], 1.6.04)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Metaphysical Writings', ed/tr. Calkins,Mary Whiton [Open Court 1905], p.21

A Reaction

That is the neatest and most accurate summary of the situation I have ever read. Particulars come first, but they are all riddled with generalities (but that is not as well said as Hobbes's remark).