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Single Idea 16088

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 2. Hylomorphism / d. Form as unifier]

Full Idea

The solution to the problem of unity will finally depend upon Aristotle's doctrine of form as an active cause, or, as he refers to form within his broader theory of potentiality and actuality, and active potentiality [dunamis] or nature [phusis].

Gist of Idea

Aristotle's solution to the problem of unity is that form is an active cause or potentiality or nature


report of Aristotle (Metaphysics [c.324 BCE], hylom) by Mary Louise Gill - Aristotle on Substance Intro

Book Reference

Gill,Mary Louise: 'Aristotle on Substance: Paradox of Unity' [Princeton 1989], p.9

A Reaction

Her intermediate proposal to the solution of the problem in Idea 16083 is that matter only survives through change potentially and not actually.

Related Idea

Idea 16083 Aristotelian matter seriously threatens the intrinsic unity and substantiality of its object [Gill,ML]