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hylomorphism Line breaks: hylo|morph|ism
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪlə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪz(ə)m/

Definition of hylomorphism in English:


[mass noun] Philosophy
The doctrine that physical objects result from the combination of matter and form.
Example sentences
  • 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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