Coming to be and prime matter.

The natural and the artificial are both sorts of things that come to be. The artificial, as such, comes to be from some natural thing; but from what does a natural thing, as such, come to be? If we say “from something natural” we haven’t yet explained how it came to be qua natural. This is why philosophers were forced to posit something from which substance and a natural thing came to be, yet which has no nature or substantiality of its own. Said another way, prime matter is necessary because nature is the sort of thing that arises and comes to be on its own.

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