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Form, Matter, and Mixture in Aristotle

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This volume brings together papers by participants in the fourth annual USC/Rutgers conference in Aristotle, held at USC in December of 1992 on Aristotle's theory of matter. Five papers take up different applications of Aristotle's fundamental hylomorphic hypothesis: the account of human soul as form to the human body as matter; the unity of the substantial form and proximate matter in the individual substance; and the account of mixture at a lower level of matter. A final paper attempts to bring Aristotle's account of compound material substances in Metaphysics Zeta under the rubric of Aristotelian science.

The distinguished contributors are James Bogen, Robert Bolton, Alan Code, Kit Fine, Frank Lewis, and Michael Wedin.

About the Author

Frank Lewis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has also taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, at Stanford University, and at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Substance and Predication in Aristotle (1991), and of numerous articles in ancient philosophy, especially the philosophy of Aristotle.

Robert Bolton is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He has also taught at MIT, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland. He is the author of Science, Dialectique, et Ethique chez Aristotle (1996) and of many papers in ancient philosophy.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (March 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631200924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631200925
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,400,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a different take on the Mixtione - Bobiks view in he book on Aquinas and the elements. But I got ideas like "migration to the essence" from reading this book. De Raeymaekers 'Material complexis ' comes to mind and a bridge between Darwinian Evolution and the Thomistic order of secondary governors also can be filled out using some of these guys ideas. The actual group who wrote this sound like Aristotelians and their essays showed a keen awareness of the limitations of Aristotelian approaches especially the Chemistry. There is a Bridge of course and it can be found in "Galileo's Logic of Discovery and Proof" by William Wallace. Galileo and the Paduan Aristotelians/ Thomists he was taught by were open to experiments.

This book, read on its own terms is quite fascinating in itself. It must have been a lively time at those conferences that laid the groundwork for the book. Needless to say I disagree with some of the thoughts but such devotion to teasing out the applications and implications of principles is to be admired.
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