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Aristotle - index for METAPHYSICA Book 10 Part 10

Perishable and imperishable

  
Paragraph 1 Since contraries are other in form, and the perishable and the imperishable are contraries (for privation is a determinate incapacity), the perishable and the imperishable must be different in kind.
Paragraph 2 Now so far we have spoken of the general terms themselves, so that it might be thought not to be necessary that every imperishable thing should be different from every perishable thing in form, just as not every pale thing is different in form from every dark thing.
Paragraph 3 But while some contraries belong to certain things by accident (e.g. both those now mentioned and many others), others cannot, and among these are 'perishable' and 'imperishable'.
Paragraph 4 Evidently, then, there cannot be Forms such as some maintain, for then one man would be perishable and another imperishable.


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