Single Idea 17249

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Individuation / c. Individuation by location]

Full Idea

Two bodies cannot be together in the same place, ..because when a body that fills its whole place is divided into two, the place itself is divided into two also, so that there will be two places.

Gist of Idea

If you separated two things in the same place, you would also separate the places


Thomas Hobbes (De Corpore (Elements, First Section) [1655], 2.08.08)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Metaphysical Writings', ed/tr. Calkins,Mary Whiton [Open Court 1905], p.58

A Reaction

The wonderful things about philosophy is that you are faced with obvious truths of the world, and cannot begin to think why they are true - and then up steps a philosopher and offers you a reason.

Related Idea

Idea 17250 If you separate the two places of one thing, you will also separate the thing [Hobbes]