Ideas from 'Aristotle on Matter' by Kit Fine [1992], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Mind' (ed/tr -) [- ,]].

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2. Reason / D. Definition / 4. Real Definition
Definitions formed an abstract hierarchy for Aristotle, as sets do for us
2. Reason / D. Definition / 5. Genus and Differentia
Aristotle sees hierarchies in definitions using genus and differentia (as we see them in sets)
7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 1. Grounding / c. Grounding and explanation
Maybe bottom-up grounding shows constitution, and top-down grounding shows essence
9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 6. Constitution of an Object
There is no distinctive idea of constitution, because you can't say constitution begins and ends
Is there a plausible Aristotelian notion of constitution, applicable to both physical and non-physical?
27. Natural Reality / A. Physics / 1. Matter / a. Greek matter
The components of abstract definitions could play the same role as matter for physical objects