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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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Some Contemporary Varieties of Hylomorphism

Some Contemporary Varieties of Hylomorphism

(p.32) 2 Some Contemporary Varieties of Hylomorphism
Making Objects and Events

Simon J. Evnine

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains in-depth discussions of three recent formulations of hylomorphism. The first two views use the rubric of constitution rather than hylomorphism. The first is that of Judith Jarvis Thomson. The impetus for her account comes from the very non-hylomorphic world of classical mereology. Her views thus present an instructive, but ultimately unsuccessful, hybrid. The second view examined is that of Lynne Baker. Her account has exactly the right form, namely, an analysis of constituted objects in terms of conditions that must be satisfied by the constituting objects. The details, however, suffer from failing to include properly the role of genesis and function. Finally, there is a detailed examination of Kit Fine’s theory of qua objects and rigid and variable embodiments.

Keywords:   Judith Jarvis Thomson, Lynne Baker, Kit Fine, constitution, qua objects, rigid embodiments, variable embodiments

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