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Aquinas’s Ontology of the Material World
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Aquinas’s Ontology of the Material World: Change, Hylomorphism, and Material Objects

Jeffrey E. Brower

Abstract

What is the nature of the material world? What are its fundamental constituents? These questions are of central concern to contemporary philosophers, and in their attempt to answer them, they have begun reconsidering traditional views about metaphysical structure, including the Aristotelian view that material objects are best understood as “hylomorphic compounds”—that is, objects composed of both matter (hyle) and form (morphe). The project of this book is to present and explain the hylomorphic conception of the material world developed by Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), the most influential Arist ... More

Keywords: Aquinas, ontology, change, hylomorphism, material objects, metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714293
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714293.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey E. Brower, author
Purdue University