Substance, Form, and Modality

Faculty/Professorship: Philosophy  
Author(s): De Anna, Gabriele
Title of the Journal: Discipline filosofiche
ISSN: 1591-9625
Publisher Information: Macerata : Quodlibet
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Pages: 137-158
Language(s): English
This essay deals with Simon Evnine’s amorphic hylomorphism (i.e., the view that objects are not just the sum of their parts, even if forms are not real components), and the bearings that considerations about modality might have on it. It is suggested that the assumption of amorphic hylomorphism makes an account of modality extensionally incorrect in the domain of natural, non-organic objects (NNOs). It is further argued that, in the case of NNOs, the existence of real forms should be accepted and this conclusion is claimed to be consistent with scientific knowledge, on the basis of substance gradualism (i.e., the view that forms are real principles of unification that operate at different levels of material constitution).
Keywords: Hylomorphism, Substance Gradualism, Form, Matter, Modality
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 5. July 2018