noun[mass noun] Philosophy
The doctrine that physical objects result from the combination of matter and form.
- One might therefore expect universal hylomorphism to be the doctrine that all substances consist of forms in matter.
- In applying his general hylomorphism to soul-body relations, Aristotle contends that the following general analogy obtains.
- Nor does Dietrich wish to distinguish God from creatures by postulating a theory of universal hylomorphism.
- Example sentences
- They are hylomorphic compounds - compounds of matter and form - and the subject criterion looks rather different from the hylomorphic perspective.
- We noted in discussing Aristotle's hylomorphic analysis of change generally that his account requires the existence of suitably disposed subjects of change.
- To sum up, the city-state is a hylomorphic compound of a particular population in a given territory (material cause) and a constitution (formal cause).
Late 19th century: from hylo- 'matter' + Greek morphē 'form'.
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