PHL206H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Substantial Form, Hyle, Natural Philosophy

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Readings: aquinas, principles of nature (ch1 3) First task of natural philosophy is to define + analyze physical objects: begin study of world w/ vague + comprehensive concept which encompasses w/e has come to be as result of change + undergoes change. Being w/ what is most manifest to us (motion) Introduction to basic concepts + principles of aristotelian hylomorphist metaphysics + philosophy of nature. Makes clear how principles + conceptual distinctions introduced here generally applicable regardless of particular scientific, physical explanations of phenomena thought to instantiate them: attempt to show harmony b/w faith + reason, christianity. 3 principles of nature insufficient for generation b/c nothing. 3 principles of nature: derives itself into actuality: (1) matter, (2) form, (3) privation. Possible to make statute out of block of marble b/c it is endowed w/ certain property: possibility + capacity of being transformed.

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