Single Idea 17848

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 4. Type Identity]

Full Idea

Things are alike if they are not just the same simpliciter, exhibiting differences in their substrate substance but being formally the same. Examples are larger and smaller quadrangles and unequal straight lines, which are alike but not the same.

Gist of Idea

Things such as two different quadrangles are alike but not wholly the same


Aristotle (Metaphysics [c.324 BCE], 1054b06)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Metaphysics', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,Hugh [Penguin 1998], p.294