Aquinas's Ontology of the Material World: Change, Hylomorphism, and Material Objects

2016.11.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeffrey E. Brower, Aquinas's Ontology of the Material World: Change, Hylomorphism, and Material Objects, Oxford University Press,
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2016.11.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeffrey E. Brower, Aquinas's Ontology of the Material World: Change, Hylomorphism, and Material Objects, Oxford University Press, 2014, 327pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198714293. Reviewed by Richard Cross, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey E. Brower’s aim is to give an account of Aquinas’s views of the material world and its fundamental constituents. He sets about this task in five main stages — and because of the complexity of the argument I will devote almost the full first half of this review to a description of it, before turning to criticisms. The first part of the book (chapters 1 and 2) argues for the claim that Aquinas accepts 14 fundamental types of being: prime matter, accidental unity, God, created substance, substantial form, and each of the nine Aristotelian accidental forms (p. 47). According to Brower, each of these types of being corresponds to a distinct mode of being (for. . .

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