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Single Idea 16659

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / A. Relations / 1. Nature of Relations]

Full Idea

It does not seem that a relation adds anything real to that on which it is founded, but only makes for another real aspect belonging to the same thing. It is real since an aspect exists in re, not solely in the intellect, but it is not another thing.


'In re' means in things themselves

Gist of Idea

Relations do not add anything to reality, though they are real aspects of the world


Peter John Olivi (Summa quaestionum super Sententias [1290], II.54), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 12.4

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.236