Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms

Hardcover | August 13, 2016

bySimon J. Evnine

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Simon J. Evnine explores the view (which he calls amorphic hylomorphism) that some objects have matter from which they are distinct but that this distinctness is not due to the existence of anything like a form. He draws on Aristotle's insight that such objects must be understood in terms ofan account that links what they are essentially with how they come to exist and what their functions are (the coincidence of formal, final, and efficient causes). Artifacts are the most prominent kind of objects where these three features coincide, and Evnine develops a detailed account of theexistence and identity conditions of artifacts, and the origins of their functions, in terms of how they come into existence. This process is, in general terms, that they are made out of their initial matter by an agent acting with the intention to make an object of the given kind. Evnine extendsthe account to organisms, where evolution accomplishes what is effected by intentional making in the case of artifacts, and to actions, which are seen as artifactual events.

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Simon J. Evnine explores the view (which he calls amorphic hylomorphism) that some objects have matter from which they are distinct but that this distinctness is not due to the existence of anything like a form. He draws on Aristotle's insight that such objects must be understood in terms ofan account that links what they are essentia...

Simon J. Evnine studied philosophy as a graduate student in the UK (at Bedford College London and University College London) and the USA. (at UCLA). After teaching for five years in the California State system, he came to the University of Miami. He has worked in a variety of areas and has previously published books on Donald Davidson ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:August 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Hylomorphism and Its Related Metaphysics2. Some Contemporary Varieties of Hylomorphism3. Artifacts: The Basic Metaphysics4. Artifacts: Functions, ArtWorks, and Abstract Artifacts5. Organisms6. Natural Non-Organic Objects7. Actions as ArtifactsConclusion