Single Idea 5085

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 1. Nature]

Full Idea

'Nature' refers to two things - that is, both to form and to matter.

Gist of Idea

'Nature' refers to two things - form and matter


Aristotle (Physics [c.337 BCE], 194a12)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Physics', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 1996], p.37

A Reaction

The 'New Essentialism' (e.g. book by Brian Ellis) seems to imply that matter is basic, and that form is the result of the essence of matter. They seem to have parted company with Aristotle. Does he think matter is created on Thursday, and form on Friday?