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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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Aristotle on Material

Aristotle on Material

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Aristotle on the Matter of Form

Adriel M. Trott

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues against the existence of prime matter in Aristotle’s metaphysics and biological works by analysing the key passages supporters of the prime matter view draw on to make their case. Aristotle’s case for change from a substratum, his rejection of matter as substance viewed as a substratum, his account of elemental change are shown not to require prime matter, but rather to point to the power that matter has on its own. Aristotle views matter as multiple and the multiple sense of matter forecloses the possibility of prime matter. The chapter concludes by considering how separate form and matter in generation can be construed through Aristotle’s account of the soul’s relation to body and his account of different ways of being acted upon to further the case for matter’s independent power and intimacy with form in natural generation and in natural substance.

Keywords:   Prime matter, substratum, elemental change, body, soul, acted upon

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