Single Idea 20919

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / g. Atomism]

Full Idea

How could weight come about out of things composed of what is without weight?

Gist of Idea

How can things without weight compose weight?


Alexander (On Aristotle's Metaphysics Book 2 [c.200], p.36.21-27)

Book Reference

Democritus: 'Early Greek Phil VII: Democritus', ed/tr. Laks,A/Most,G [Harvard Loeb 2016], p.397

A Reaction

This is obviously why Epicurus added weight to the features of atoms. Alexander seems unaware of this move.

Related Idea

Idea 20907 Democritus says atoms have size and shape, and Epicurus added weight [Epicurus, by Ps-Plutarch]