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21Gramnticus i n libros De generatione et interitu (Venice, 1527). 36 Suarez: On the Formul Cuuse o f Substance "De elementis libri duo (Lyon: G. Rovillium, 1550). "Form is here being given predicates which chiefly apply to substance, but which apply to the form ainderivative sense since the form constitutes the substance. See M D XXxlII sect, 1 for a detailedaccount of the various ways in which theparts of a substance can be considered to be themselves substances. ' W h a t Aristotle meant by "entelechy" is the subject of some debate, but it seems to refer, in someway, to the dynamicaspect of form, thatis, to the form whentaken as the root of theactive powers of a thing.

7 The First View Is Given And Interpreted In Various Ways 3. Albert the Great is acquittedof holding thisopinion. Once the ancient philosophers, therefore, have been set aside, there are various opinions concerning this matter among later philosophers. * But these philosophers say that form actually exists in matter according to a certain inchoate state: In his Commentmy on the Physics I, q. 7 , Doming0 de Soto attributesthis opinion to Albert at thesame passage tract. 3, chap. ’ Benedict Soncinas,on the other hand, inhis Commentmy on theMetnphysics, VII, q.

In this way he avoided asserting that forms are made out of nothing, but from these possibilities. However, Durand does not report anysource ofthis view, and therefore we cannot with certainty state the meaning of it. ’? And yet, if this is all that is meant by this opinion, it proposes nothing novel in order to explain that form is not created; after all, even things which are created are made from such apossibility. De Sot0,l3finally, reports another opinion ofPeter Auriol inhis Commentary on the Sentences 2, dist.

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