Reductions Reduction is an extremely


Reduction is an extremely interesting concept. I know of no one who has defined all its precise meanings. Reduction has the curious property of being both present and absent from something.

A few examples:

A point is not a quantity, but it is reduced to the genus of quantity.

“Material reductionism” means to assert that all things are nothing other than modes of matter.

One is not in the genus quantity, but is reduced to the genus.

Sensible substance is reduced to non-sensible substance, which is reduced to intelligence, which is reduced to the divine mind.

To reduce in size is to get smaller.

To reduce to the absurd means to show that there is an implicit contradiction in a statement.


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