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Making Objects and EventsA Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms$
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Simon J. Evnine

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779674.001.0001

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Hylomorphism and its Related Metaphysics

Hylomorphism and its Related Metaphysics

(p.1) 1 Hylomorphism and its Related Metaphysics
Making Objects and Events

Simon J. Evnine

Oxford University Press

The basic concepts of hylomorphism, form and matter, are introduced and a brief treatment of the hylomorphisms developed by Aristotle and by Kit Fine is given. Several key features of the approach taken in this book, amorphic hylomorphism, are outlined. These include the methodological priority of matter to hylomorphically complex object (i.e., given the existence of some matter, we must ask in virtue of what there exists another object distinct from it that has it as its matter), and the metabolic priority of hylomorphically complex object to its matter (i.e., it is facts about the complex object that explain why it has the matter it does at any particular time). The remainder of the chapter shows how discussions of hylomorphism intersect with issues in the theory of parts (mereology) and in the theory of persistence (three- and four-dimensionalism).

Keywords:   Aristotle, Kit Fine, matter, form, priority, mereology, persistence, three-dimensionalism, four-dimensionalism

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