Unity of Form and Matter: Aristotle’s Metaphysics in a Hylomorphic Nutshell

Ryan Hubbard, PhD
The Labyrinth
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7 min readMar 21, 2020

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In an earlier post, I discussed how Plato’s Allegory of the Cave can shed light on his metaphysics. For Plato, something’s essence is composed of form and matter. Plato has difficulty explaining how form and matter relate to each other since each inhabits a distinct, separate dimension of reality. Aristotle’s naturalistic metaphysics may be able to evade this…

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Ryan Hubbard, PhD
The Labyrinth

A philosophy professor who works in practical ethics. @ryankhubbard