Aristotle - index for METAPHYSICA Book 14 Part 5

Number is not the cause

Paragraph 1 If, then, it is equally impossible not to put the good among the first principles and to put it among them in this way, evidently the principles are not being correctly described, nor are the first substances.
Paragraph 2 It is out of place, also, to generate place simultaneously with the mathematical solids (for place is peculiar to the individual things, and hence they are separate in place;
Paragraph 3 Those who say that existing things come from elements and that the first of existing things are the numbers, should have first distinguished the senses in which one thing comes from another, and then said in which sense number comes from its first principles.
Paragraph 4 By intermixture?
Paragraph 5 By juxtaposition, like a syllable?
Paragraph 6 Again, coming from certain things means in one sense that these are still to be found in the product, and in another that they are not;
Paragraph 7 Once more, it has not been determined at all in which way numbers are the causes of substances and of being - whether (1) as boundaries (as points are of spatial magnitudes).
Paragraph 8 Number, then, whether it be number in general or the number which consists of abstract units, is neither the cause as agent, nor the matter, nor the ratio and form of things.

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