Form, Matter, Substance, Hardback Book


In Form, Matter, Substance, Kathrin Koslicki develops a contemporary defense of the Aristotelian doctrine of hylomorphism.

According to this approach, objects are compounds of matter (hule) and form (morphe or eidos) and a living organism is not exhausted by the body, cells, organs, tissue and the like that compose it.

Koslicki argues that a hylomorphic analysis of concrete particular objects is well equipped to compete withalternative approaches when measured against a wide range of criteria of success.

However, a plausible application of the doctrine of hylomorphism to the special case of concrete particular objects hinges on how hylomorphists conceive of the matter composing a concrete particular object, its form, and the hylomorphic relations which holdbetween a matter-form compound, its matter and its form.

Koslicki offers detailed answers these questions surrounding a hylomorphic approach to the metaphysics of concrete particular objects.

As a result, matter-form compounds emerge as occupying the privileged ontological status traditionally associated with substances due to their high degree of unity.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy of language
  • ISBN: 9780198823803


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