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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

Source

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