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Aristotle on the Matter of Form: A Feminist Metaphysics of Generation

Adriel M. Trott


This book argues that nature even in generation in Aristotle should be understood on an emergent model that sees a unity in the four causes. The model of artifice divides form from matter, where material only appears as already informed because it is itself natural, but functions in artifice as the stuff for form. Natural generation, and thus nature, appears to follow this model insofar as form in the figure of semen appears to impose itself on matter as menses, making form the superior and positive power that is the contrary to matter, which lacks and seeks after form. This book affirms the i ... More

Keywords: Form, matter, male, female, generation, Möbius strip, feminine, Aristotle, nature, myth, ancient medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474455220
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adriel M. Trott, author
Wabash College