Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem

2016.09.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews William Jaworski, Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem, Oxford University Press,
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2016.09.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews William Jaworski, Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem, Oxford University Press, 2016, 361pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198749561. Reviewed by William Seager, University of Toronto Hylomorphism is the view that natural objects are in some way amalgams of two very different sorts of things: a formless substrate of wide potential and a structuring form which makes of the substrate whatever sort of thing the resultant object is. Form in some way unifies the substrate, transforming mere potentiality into full blown actuality. Thus an oak tree and a tiger are both made of the same kind of stuff (where 'stuff' has to be read in a metaphysically thick sense) and the vast differences between them lies in how they are formed (where 'form' must refer to a significant category of being). Hylomorphism is an ancient doctrine of course. It was the direct invention of. . .

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