Points of Controversy

16.5. Of Matter as a Moral Condition (hetu)

Controverted Point: That material qualities are moral conditions.

Theravādin: Your view implies that (i.) material qualities must act as one or other of the sis motives of moral or immoral conduct; (ii.) they have a mental object or idea, having the properties of mental adverting, adjustment, etc. From both of these implications you dissent, hence you cannot maintain your position.

Indeed, you are ready to maintain the contrary of (ii.), that proposition being quite true when applied to the six moral conditions, but untrue of material qualities.

Uttarapāthakas: But are not the four primary qualities conditions of the secondary material qualities that are derived from them? Of course you assent. Hence, the four being material, material qualities are conditions however you understand “conditions”.