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Aristotle on the Matter of FormA Feminist Metaphysics of Generation$
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Adriel M. Trott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474455220

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455220.001.0001

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Disputes over the Material Contribution of Semen

Disputes over the Material Contribution of Semen

(p.50) 2 Disputes over the Material Contribution of Semen
Aristotle on the Matter of Form

Adriel M. Trott

Edinburgh University Press

Critics argue that the formal work of semen cannot be done through material because material cannot do the work of form. This chapter examines the restricted material view and the robust material view in the literature as it coalesces around the role of what Aristotle calls vital heat in semen. The second part of the chapter examines Aristotle’s account of form in conversation with Plato and Neoplatonic views of form. It makes a case for individual form in Aristotle that can work through matter in semen.

Keywords:   Semen, restricted material view, robust material view, vital heat, species form, individual form, Plato, Neoplatonic

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