Form and Substance

Terence Irwin

in Aristotle's First Principles

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242901
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597770 | DOI:

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 Form and Substance

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Aristotle draws more than one contrast between form and compound, and that being a form and being a compound is not always mutually exclusive. By speaking of form and compound to mark two different contrasts, Aristotle makes his claims more obscure, but not necessarily inconsistent; each contrast is intelligible in its own right, if we can combine the two, we can understand his views on particulars. Aristotle is justified in speaking of particular forms that are compounds of form and particular bits of matter.

Keywords: Aristotle; form; compound; matter; particulars

Chapter.  13524 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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