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Aristotle on Matter, Form, and Moving Causes: The Hylomorphic Theory of Substantial Generation

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2020.06.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Devin Henry, Aristotle on Matter, Form, and Moving Causes: The Hylomorphic Theory of Substantial Generation, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 236pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108475570. Reviewed by Mary Katrina Krizan, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse In this book, Devin Henry defends Aristotle's commitment to a hylomorphic model of substantial generation. In the first chapters, he defends an interpretation of form, matter, and efficient cause within Aristotle's general account of substantial generation. Then, he applies the broader theory in order to explain the most interesting cases of substantial generation -- those of living things, and particularly animals. The book culminates with a view toward the good of biological generation. Henry's book succeeds in its goal of defending a hylomorphic model of substantial generation that is broadly consistent across multiple texts, which range from rather theoretical texts such as Book I of the Physics and On Generation and Corruption to the more specific applications of theory such as... Read More

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