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How Aristotle gets by in Metaphysics Zeta
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How Aristotle gets by in Metaphysics Zeta

Frank A. Lewis


Metaphysics Book Zeta is widely regarded as the text in which Aristotle presents his fully developed theory of “substance”—his account of the basic entities on which the reality of things in the sublunary world must be based. Earlier writers have been interested most of all in Aristotle’s conclusions, featuring the distinctive Aristotelian concepts of matter, form, and form–matter compounds. Yet fully two thirds of Zeta is devoted instead to the views of others, not least Aristotle’s own other selves in the Organon, where form and matter do not appear. But the most striking “alien” presence in ... More

Keywords: substance, form, matter, Aristotle’s Organon, Plato, “received” views, definition of substance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664016
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank A. Lewis, author
University of Southern California