Single Idea 12346

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 2. Hylomorphism / a. Hylomorphism]

Full Idea

The form of a thing (of a given kind) explains why certain matter constitutes a thing of that kind, and with this, Aristotle holds, we have reached explanatory bedrock.

Gist of Idea

Form explains why some matter is of a certain kind, and that is explanatory bedrock


Michael V. Wedin (Aristotle's Theory of Substance [2000], Intro)

Book Reference

Wedin,Michael V.: 'Aristotle's Theory of Substance' [OUP 2000], p.7

A Reaction

We must explain an individual tiger which is unusually docile. It must have an individual form which makes it a tiger, but also an individual form which makes it docile.