Three Principles

When Aristotle says in Chapter 6 of the Physics that there must be three principles, a pair of contraries and something underlying, is he saying that these same three things are the principles of everything that is; or is he saying that when anything comes to be, there must be three principles involved: something underlying the change, what the thing was, and what it now is? The specific three things might then be different in each specific case, but there are always three.

And if it’s latter, which makes much more sense to me, how do these three principles relate to the four causes?

Comments are closed.