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The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez$
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Benjamin Hill and Henrik Lagerlund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583645.001.0001

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Suárez’s Last Stand for the Substantial Form

Suárez’s Last Stand for the Substantial Form

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(p.101) 6 Suárez’s Last Stand for the Substantial Form
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The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez
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Helen Hattab

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583645.003.0007

In this essay Suárez’s defense of the scholastic doctrine of substantial forms is critically examined. Suárez’s innovative solution to the problem of the eduction of form from matter during substantial change is shown to rely on a reversal of the traditional priorities of the Thomists. Because Suárez made the substantial form in some sense physical rather than metaphysical, he was able to solve the problem of eduction. But in solving this he did irreparable damage to the Scholastic account of scientific explanation and paved the way for the rise and acceptance of the mechanical philosophy in the seventeenth century.

Keywords:   Francisco Suárez, substantial form, eduction, scientific explanation, mechanical philosophy

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