This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to provide new perspectives on the relationships between form and matter in Aristotle's thought. Specifically, it examines Aristotle's accounts of the coming-to-be and functioning of substances consisting of informed matter, notably living beings, and highlights the role Aristotle ascribes in these accounts to the operations of heat, primarily vital heat. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.
Keywords: Aristotle; form; matter; informed matter; living being; vital heat; substance
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Subjects: Ancient Philosophy ; Metaphysics
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