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International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics

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Hylomorphism and the Priority Principle

Jeremy W. Skrzypek
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Published Online: 2017-04-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2017-0010

Abstract

According to Jeffrey Brower’s hylomorphic account of material substances, prime matter and substantial forms together compose material substances, and material substances and accidental forms together compose accidental unities. In a recent article, Andrew Bailey has argued that Brower’s account has the counter-intuitive implication that no human person is ever the primary possessor, the primary thinker, of her own thoughts. In this paper, I consider various ways in which Brower might reply to this objection. I first consider several “invariant strategies”, solutions that do not require any significant alteration to Brower’s account. I argue that these strategies are unsuccessful. I then introduce two ways of modifying Brower’s hylomorphic account of material substances so as to avoid Bailey’s objection. I argue that these “variant strategies” are successful, but they require that Brower significantly alter one or more of the main features of his account.

Keywords: ontology; substance; hylomorphism; Aquinas

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Published Online: 2017-04-22

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Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 207–229, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2017-0010.

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