To account for hylomorphism
noetically is to consider objects primarily through a description of epistemic faculties.
Rea argues on neo-Aristotelian grounds: "According to the version of hylomorphism
that I am developing, the natures of material objects play the role of form, and they enter into compounds with things or stuffs that play the role of matter.
This collection of nine essays reevaluates the demise of Aristotelian hylomorphism
in the early modern period when the emerging scientific paradigm was shifting to a sense-as-instrument perspective.
The solution involving hylomorphism
is, on this reading, only directed at the problem of composites.
were a metaphysical necessity, different causal-functional requirements and directions in Nature would demand a version that serves to integrate differences rather than reductively disintegrate them.
of Aristotelian natural philosophy, for example, was adopted by the medieval theologians to help them explore the nature of the sacraments and the hypostatic union.
, he says, is coherent, and has benefits; in particular, hylomorphism
, at least, yields the concept of the human being, which has been of value in ethics.
What is guiding Chretien is an embodied concept of person, very close, if not identical, to Aristotle's doctrine of hylomorphism
offers a third way between animalist approaches to personal identity, which maintain that psychology is irrelevant to our persistence, and neo-Lockean accounts, which deny that humans are animals.
Barnes, "The Paradoxes of Hylomorphism
," Review of Metaphysics 56 (March 2003): 501-23.
PAUL HUMPHREY, "Metaphysics of Mind: Hylomorphism
and Eternality in Aristotle and Hegel.
How one conceives of their relation admits of at least six possibilities exhibited in the history of philosophy: Hobbesian materialism, Berkleyan idealism, Platonic dualism of soul and body, Aristotelian hylomorphism
, Cartesian dualism of thought and extension, and a Leibnizian-Whiteheadian view of psycho-physical co-implication.