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Single Idea 11037

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 3. Instantiated Universals]

Full Idea

Colour is in body and therefore also in an individual body; for were it not in some individual body it would not be in body at all.

Gist of Idea

Colour must be in an individual body, or it is not embodied


Aristotle (Categories [c.331 BCE], 02b02)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Categories and De Interpretatione', ed/tr. Ackrill,J.R. [OUP 1963], p.6

A Reaction

This may be just a truism, or it may be the Aristotelian commitment to universals only existing if they are instantiated.