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Substance


Ludger Jansen


Pages 529 - 534



Substances are traditionally considered to be independent and fundamental entities; they are said to be the ‘bearers’ of properties and relations, as well as participants in events, or even the locus where changes happen. Some elements of this conception can be traced back to the Presocratics and Plato, who considered as primary entities either material elements (mostly earth, water, air, and/or fire) or transcendent forms (the ‘Platonic ideas’), respectively. However, the first comprehensive theoretical development of this conception is to be found in Aristotle, who integrated the extant component lines of thought into a coherent category theory that was to become the most influential approach in the history of ontology so far.




1Institute of Philosophy, University of Rostock



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