1075 b οἱ δὲ λέγοντες τὸν ἀριθμὸν πρῶτον τὸν μαθηματικὸν καὶ οὕτως ἀεὶ ἄλλην ἐχομένην οὐσίαν καὶ 1076 aἀρχὰς ἑκάστης ἄλλας, ἐπεισοδιώδη τὴν τοῦ παντὸς οὐσίαν ποιοῦσιν (οὐδὲν γὰρ ἡ ἑτέρα τῇ ἑτέρᾳ συμβάλλεται οὖσα ἢ μὴ οὖσα) καὶ ἀρχὰς πολλάς τὰ δὲ ὄντα οὐ βούλεται πολιτεύεσθαι κακῶς.

οὐκ ἀγαθὸν πολυκοιρανίη· εἷς κοίρανος ἔστω.


Metaphysics, XII. x

cause that makes them one.a As for thosebwho maintain14 that mathematical number is the primary reality, and so go on generating one substance after another and finding different principles for each one, they make the substance of the universe incoherent (for one substance in no way affects another by its existence or non-existence) and give us a great many governing principles. But the world must not be governed badly:

The rule of many is not good; let one be the ruler.c

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristotle-metaphysics.1933