Alexander Neckam was among the first English thinkers to interact – directly and indirectly – with works recently translated into Latin and their ideas. His name is linked to Daniel of Morley, who supposedly studied in Toledo with Gerard of Cremona as his teacher. Concerning the theory of prime matter, Neckam is quite sceptical, as it transpires from the short chapter he dedicates to prime matter in his Speculum speculationis. The text bears witness of the controversial reception of this theory between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

– “abstraction without subsistence” model
– primordial chaos
– abstractive nature of “prime matter”
– Augustinianism

– Alexander Neckam, De yle (from Speculum speculationum)