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The University of Southampton

“Are Matter and Form Parts? Considerations on Aristotle’s and Neo-Aristotelian Hylomorphism” Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
4 December 2018
Room 2115, Building 65, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Alexander Greenberg at .

Event details

Part of the Philosophy Seminar Series 2018/19


The paper takes issue with Koslicki's Neo-Aristotelian Mereology (NAM) and more particularly with her understanding of hylomorphism in mereological terms. NAM centres on two characteristic claims: (i) that Aristotle's form is a proper part of the composite substance; (ii) that there is a univocal notion of part, and a univocal notion of composition, which apply across the board and to matter and form in particular. The paper shows that both assumptions are questionable within an Aristotelian framework. More in general, it is argued that a strictly mereological approach does not do justice to the complex relationship between matter and form, and that considerations about identity are more crucial than mereology when it comes to understanding Aristotle's hylomorphism.


This series of seminars are sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Speaker information

Dr Gabriele Galluzzo, Senior Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy. University of Exeter

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