Aristotle - index for METAPHYSICA Book 7 Part 17

What substance should be taken to be

Paragraph 1 Let us state what, i.e. what kind of thing, substance should be said to be, taking once more another starting-point;
Paragraph 2 The object of the inquiry is most easily overlooked where one term is not expressly predicated of another (e.g. when we inquire 'what man is'), because we do not distinguish and do not say definitely that certain elements make up a certain whole.
Paragraph 3 Since that which is compounded out of something so that the whole is one, not like a heap but like a syllable - now the syllable is not its elements, ba is not the same as b and a, nor is flesh fire and earth (for when these are separated the wholes, i.e. the flesh and the syllable, no longer exist, but the elements of the syllable exist, and so do fire and earth);

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