Single Idea 16674

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 4. Quantity of an Object]

Full Idea

The extension or quantity of a thing is merely modus materiae, or (rather) the matter itself composing that thing; insomuch as it consists not in a point, but has parts posited without parts, in respect whereof it is diffuse.

Gist of Idea

The quantity is just the matter, in that it has extended parts and is diffuse


Walter Charleton (Physiologia [1654], III.10.1.4), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 14.2

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.287