Ideas of Peter Alexander, by Theme

[British, 1917 - 2006, Professor at Bristol University.]

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9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 2. Hylomorphism / a. Hylomorphism
If the substantial form of brass implies its stability, how can it melt and remain brass?
9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 2. Hylomorphism / b. Form as principle
The peripatetics treated forms and real qualities as independent of matter, and non-material
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / j. Explanations by essence
Can the qualities of a body be split into two groups, where the smaller explains the larger?
26. Natural Theory / A. Heart of Nature / 2. Natural Purpose
Science has been partly motivated by the belief that the universe is run by God's laws
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 3. Space / c. Substantival space
Absolute space either provides locations, or exists but lacks 'marks' for locations
26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 8. Scientific Essentialism / a. Scientific essentialism
Alchemists tried to separate out essences, which influenced later chemistry