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9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 2. Hylomorphism / b. Form as principle

[form as the guiding principle of an object]

8 ideas
A true substance is constituted by some nature, which is a principle [Aristotle]
Form is the principle that connects a thing's constitution (rather than being operative) [Hill,N]
Forms are of no value in physics, but are indispensable in metaphysics [Leibniz]
Basic particles have a mathematical form, which is more important than their substance [Heisenberg]
The peripatetics treated forms and real qualities as independent of matter, and non-material [Alexander,P]
Some forms, such as the Prime Mover, are held by Aristotle to exist without matter [Gill,ML]
We can treat the structure/form of the world differently from the nodes/matter of the world [Hawthorne]
Hylomorphism may not be a rival to science, but an abstract account of unity and endurance [Pasnau]