The chapter articulates a particularly incisive treatment of hylemorphism
and atomism, and it includes a discussion of antireductionism in contemporary analytic philosophy.
is required if we are to explain the reality of change.
The difference between the two views of nature lies in this: According to Aristotelian hylemorphism
, natural substances are in the last analysis understood as composites of prime matter and of substantial forms, where the latter inhere in the former only transitorily.
and Personal Identity, PATRICK TONER
In the wake of Platonic and Aristotelian hylemorphism
, Plotinus defines the One by its activity which is "everywhere and nowhere ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII])" (82) precisely because it is nothing but activity, pure life.
If we wanted to translate Monod's scientific language into the philosophical language of hylemorphism
, we would have to say that the formal cause in Monod is invariance, that is, the DNA that controls the invariance of the species.
Though believing to be faithful to tradition, he ended up building, quite unwittingly, a bridge from hylemorphism
This volume demonstrates (against a common misrepresentation) that (1) hylemorphic composition is not to be understood as a juxtaposition of preexisting and unrelated principles (matter and form) but that (2) hylemorphism
can account for the unity of natural substances, and (3) reconcile this unity with the reality of the autonomous movement of nature toward its end.