The Hylomorphic Turn

Daniel W. Graham

in Aristotle's Two Systems

Published in print October 1990 | ISBN: 9780198243151
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680649 | DOI:

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The Hylomorphic Turn

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This chapter presented how the problematic of Physics i and Aristotle's prior philosophic positions and certain ‘facts’ generate a conception of form and matter. Aristotle sets himself the task of giving a general account of change, one which will be proof against the Eleatic challenge. He appeals to his One Under Many principle, which perhaps embodied the most basic insight on his S1 ontology. The development of hylomorphism can be traced from the S1 conception of substance. This chapter argues that there may be no development at all. Aristotle always had a theory of matter and only formally introduces it in Physics i. His predecessors also already had the concept of matter. Hence, it is arbitrary to suppose that he did not inherit the notion.

Keywords: Physics i; conception of matter; Eleatic challenge; One Under Many principle; hylomorphism; conception of substance; theory of matter

Chapter.  15814 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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