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Single Idea 12358

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

Full Idea

Substance [ousia] is a principle [arché] and a kind of cause [aitia].

Gist of Idea

Substance is a principle and a kind of cause

Source

Michael V. Wedin (Aristotle's Theory of Substance [2000], 1041a09)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Metaphysics', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,Hugh [Penguin 1998], p.227


A Reaction

The fact that substance is a cause is also the reason why substance is the ultimate explanation. It is here that I take the word 'power' to capture best what Aristotle has in mind.