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Single Idea 16705

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 9. Qualities]

Full Idea

If it is said that whiteness begins to be through alteration, this does not hold, because whiteness is nothing other than this-being-white.

Gist of Idea

Whiteness isn't created in an alteration, because it is just this-being-white


Nicole Oresme (On 'Generation and Corruption' [1349], I.2), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 19.3

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.411

A Reaction

This innocent-looking remark is dynamite, because it rejects the separability of qualities, which threatens the doctrine of Transubstantiation.