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Dicsono. Do you claim, then, that matter is act? Do you also claim
that matter in incorporeal things coincides with act?
Teofilo. Yes, as the possibility to be coincides with being.
Dicsono. Then, it does not differ from form?
Teofilo. It does not differ at all in the absolute potency and absolute
act, and, because it is absolutely all, is therefore absolutely pure, simple,
indivisible and unified. If it possessed definite dimensions, a definite being,
a definite property and a definite individuality, it would not be absolute, nor
would it be all.
Dicsono. Then, everything which comprises all the genuses is indivisible?
Teofilo. Exactly, because the form which comprises all the qualities
is itself none of them; that which comprises all figures does not itself possess
any; that which possesses all sensible being is not, for that reason,
accessible to the senses. That which possesses all natural being is highly
indivisible; that which possesses all intellectual being is still more highly
indivisible; that which possesses all that can be is the most highly indivisible
Dicsono. You hold that there exists a ladder of the possibility to be,
like the ladder of being? And you hold that material nature ascends along
the one just as formal nature ascends along the other?
Teofilo. That is true.
Dicsono. You give a lofty and profound definition of matter and
Teofilo. True again.
Dicsono. But this truth will not be grasped by everyone, for it is indeed
hard to understand how it is possible to possess all the species of dimensions
without having any, and to possess all formal being, and yet no form.
originally posted by: Mrgone
I was enjoying the video until 11 minutes in when it went all bibley.
Too bad. It was getting good until then.