Single Idea 21981

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

Full Idea

As intuitively accepted by Spinoza without a previous mediation by dialectic, substance is as it were a dark shapeless abyss which engulfs all definite content as radically null, and produces from itself nothing that has a positive substance of its own.

Gist of Idea

The one substance is formless without the mediation of dialectical concepts


Georg W.F.Hegel (Logic (Encyclopedia I) [1817], I 151Z p.215), quoted by A.W. Moore - The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics 07.6

Book Reference

Moore,A.W.: 'The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics' [CUP 2013], p.181

A Reaction

This seems to be an expression of idealism, since only what is conceptualised can exist.