Hylomorphism and Substantial Gradualism

Faculty/Professorship: Philosophy  
Author(s): De Anna, Gabriele
Title of the Journal: Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN: 0870-5283
Corporate Body: Faculdade de Filosofia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Publisher Information: Lisboa : Braga
Year of publication: 2015
Volume: 71
Issue: 4
Pages: 855-872
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.17990/RPF/2015_71_4_0855
Hylomorphism, the old traditional view according to which substances are constituted by the combination of form and matter, has recently undergone a renaissance. This essay focuses on material substance, and suggests that in this case the hylomorphic constitution calls for a notion of form which should be understood also as energy, or the exercise of a force. It further argues for substantial gradualism: when form is thus understood, substantiality comes in degrees, i.e. things can be substances to a greater or lesser degree. Substantial gradualism sheds new light on current discussions concerning the identification of the parts of substances and the compatibility between hylomorphism and sortalism.
Keywords: form, hylomorphism, matter, substance, substantial gradualism
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/44081
Year of publication: 5. July 2018