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Single Idea 598

[catalogued under 9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 2. Substance / d. Substance defined]

Full Idea

Democritus claimed that one substance could not be composed from two nor two from one; for him it is the atoms that are the substances.

Gist of Idea

Democritus said that substances could never be mixed, so atoms are the substances


report of Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE]) by Aristotle - Metaphysics 1039a10

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Metaphysics', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,Hugh [Penguin 1998], p.218