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susceptible in a very slight degree-the compound resulting from

their combination is either no greater in volume or only a little

greater. This is what happens when tin is combined with bronze. For

some things display a hesitating and ambiguous attitude towards one

another-showing a slight tendency to combine and also an inclination

to behave as 'receptive matter' and 'form' respectively. The behaviour

of these metals is a case in point. For the tin almost vanishes,

behaving as if it were an immaterial property of the bronze: having

been combined, it disappears, leaving no trace except the colour it

has imparted to the bronze. The same phenomenon occurs in other

instances too.

It is clear, then, from the foregoing account, that 'combination'

occurs, what it is, to what it is due, and what kind of thing is

'combinable'. The phenomenon depends upon the fact that some things

are such as to be (a) reciprocally susceptible and (b) readily

adaptable in shape, i.e. easily divisible. For such things can be

'combined' without its being necessary either that they should have

been destroyed or that they should survive absolutely unaltered: and

their 'combination' need not be a 'composition', nor merely

'relative to perception'. On the contrary: anything is 'combinable'

which, being readily adaptable in shape, is such as to suffer action

and to act; and it is 'combinable with' another thing similarly

characterized (for the 'combinable' is relative to the

'combinable'); and 'combination' is unification of the

'combinables', resulting from their 'alteration'.



Book II

1



WE have explained under what conditions 'combination', 'contact',

and 'action-passion' are attributable to the things which undergo

natural change. Further, we have discussed 'unqualified'

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