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[1059a] [1] and this applies to "the perishable" and "the imperishable." Nothing is accidentally perishable; for that which is accidental may not be applicable; but perishability is an attribute which applies necessarily when it is applicable at all. Otherwise one and the same thing will be imperishable as well as perishable, if it is possible for perishability not to apply to it.Thus perishability must be either the substance or in the substance of every perishable thing. The same argument also applies to the imperishable; for both perishability and imperishability are attributes which are necessarily applicable. Hence the characteristics in respect of which and in direct consequence of which one thing is perishable and another imperishable are opposed; and therefore they must be other in kind.Thus it is obvious that there cannot be Forms such as some thinkers maintain; for then there would be both a perishable and an imperishable "man."1 Yet the Forms are said to be the same in species as the particulars, and not merely to share a common predicate with them; but things which are other in genus differ more widely than things which are other in species.

1 i.e., the individual man is perishable and the Idea of man imperishable; and these must be other in kind (γένει non-technical). But the Platonists hold that the Idea is the same in species as the particular. This is impossible if it is other in genus (γένει technical).

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