One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The doctrine that physical objects result from the combination of matter and form.
- ‘In applying his general hylomorphism to soul-body relations, Aristotle contends that the following general analogy obtains.’
- ‘Pasnau calls this larger metaphysical view ‘reductive hylomorphism.’’
- ‘Nor does Dietrich wish to distinguish God from creatures by postulating a theory of universal hylomorphism.’
- ‘One might therefore expect universal hylomorphism to be the doctrine that all substances consist of forms in matter.’
Late 19th century: from hylo- ‘matter’ + Greek morphē ‘form’.
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