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Form, Matter, Substance

Kathrin Koslicki


This work defends a hylomorphic analysis of concrete particular objects (e.g., living organisms). The Aristotelian doctrine of hylomorphism holds that those entities that fall under it are compounds of matter (hulē) and form (morphē or eidos). The author argues that a hylomorphic analysis of concrete particular objects is well equipped to compete with alternative approaches when measured against a wide range of criteria of success. A successful application of the doctrine of hylomorphism to the special case of concrete particular objects, however, hinges on how hylomorphists conceive of the ma ... More

Keywords: concrete particular objects, hylomorphism, Aristotle, matter, form, compound, substance, unity

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathrin Koslicki, author
Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Epistemology and Metaphysics, University of Alberta

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