Single Idea 394

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 2. Natural Purpose / a. Final purpose]

Full Idea

We say of a sandal which is not worn that it is in vain; God and nature, however, do nothing in vain.


'Nature' is the Greek word 'physis'

Gist of Idea

An unworn sandal is in vain, but nothing in nature is in vain


Aristotle (On the Heavens [c.336 BCE], 271a33)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'On the Heavens I and II', ed/tr. Leggatt,Stuart [Aris and Phillips 1995], p.61