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Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics$
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Abraham Jacob Greenstine and Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412094

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.001.0001

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Aristotle’s Organism, and Ours

Aristotle’s Organism, and Ours

(p.138) Chapter 8 Aristotle’s Organism, and Ours
Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics

Emanuela Bianchi

Edinburgh University Press

Emanuela Bianchi’s “Aristotle’s Organism, and Ours” offers an account of Aristotelian thought in which the aspirations to organismic unity and healthy functioning as a sign of superiority are continually vitiated by unassimilable material factors. These factors can be understood through the paradigmatic figure of the female offspring. Bianchi names this the “feminine symptom” of Aristotelian philosophy, that which is both necessary for and disruptive of the normal operation of teleology. While contemporary philosophical and scientific critiques have undermined the theoretical priority and holism of the organism, Bianchi, by returning Aristotle’s discussion of the ontogenesis of the gendered organism, analyzes the normative and topological dimensions of our thinking about the organism, and thereby reimagines its contemporary status.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Organism, Matter/Form, Feminine Symptom, Material, Ontogenesis

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