Single Idea 616

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / e. The One]

Full Idea

Nor is it a sufficient explanation of the world to say just that all things were originally together. For things differ in matter. Indeed, why otherwise did an infinity of things come-to-be, and not just one?

Gist of Idea

It doesn't explain the world to say it was originally all one. How did it acquire diversity?


Aristotle (Metaphysics [c.324 BCE], 1069b)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Metaphysics', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,Hugh [Penguin 1998], p.358